I believe it shows not only how much she thinks her culture is non-civilized but also how much of an uneducated she sees her family and culture to be. So traumatized from the fire Maggie is very timid, anti social and self conscious. In this story we get a set of characters, round Mama and flat quilt and several supporting characters, like Hakim-a-barber. Analysis does an adept job at blurring the difference between the stereotypes of rural black American women with the realities that make up their lives. Even though Dee achieves her aim by overcoming complications such as poverty and racial discrimination, she is not admirable for her achievements and courage. Mama describes her as a lame dog.
Dee makes sure she gets a picture of Mama, the old house, and Maggie cowering in the corner. Hakim-a-barber's role is primarily to help Dee legitimize her new identity. Mama, however, has had enough of this emotional bludgeoning, and tells Wangero to take two other quilts not intended for Maggie and leave. She points out that her fat keeps her warm in the winter and cool in the summer. But with her acceptance of circumstance comes complacency.
Dee is a flat character, who is described as arrogant and selfish. I feel she was selfish, uneducated and unappreciative of her past and that the way she carried herself was ridiculous. She thinks that if she cannot see the people around her, then they cannot see her. Her house burning to the ground, her arrogant sister, and the effect society has on her explains that. For this essay, explore the ways the country and city settings are directly opposed to one another through characters and their understanding of race.
Poor Dee leaves her family visit demonstrating her selfish behavior and lack of understanding of the meaning of heritage. Though Dee has access to changing times, not everyone born in the poor, rural black South is able to craft a new life and identity out of sheer will - and the financial help from Mama and her church. Maggie will have that memory and craft for the rest of her life. We are told little about Mama's husband; he is simply out of the picture and all of Mama's accomplishments, including the raising of her children, seem to be done by her own hand. Alice Walker molded one daughter from the other, taking the strengths. At first glance you would see this as the normal mother daughter spat of maybe the wild child versus the little miss do right. She had gone off to Georgia for college to make a bigger and better life, and was coming home to visit her family.
Walker, who is the author of this piece, includes a woman in the story referring to her as, Mama. Dee and Maggie are sisters that have diffrent point of views in their heritage, personalities, and motivations. Dee is infuriated by what she sees as a past of oppression in her lineage and has created a new heritage for herself while rejecting her true heritage. Poor Maggie's life seems like utter gloom and doom. Her use of clear-cut symbolism prompts the reader to be able to take a deeper look into the characters of the story.
Dee suddenly becomes fixated on some quilts that were put together by Grandma Dee, Big Dee, and Mama - despite earlier rejecting them as disgustingly quaint signifiers of her rural youth. Once home, Dee attempts to reconnect with her family and her heritage. The story takes place at 'mama's' house, where Maggie and Mrs. Maggie, like her mother, lacks many natural gifts like beauty or brains, but in her simplicity she, too, can find happiness. This statement in the beginning of the story brings an understanding as to the feelings that Maggie has conjured up while living in the shadow of an older sister. It is these valuables that bring out the worst characteristics in Dee, and the best in Maggie. A quilt is made up of patches of cloth intricately stitched together to make the final product.
Maggie is more developed as a character once Dee arrives at the home. In this story, Maggie is a fragile young woman, however a strong character that is opposite of her sister Dee, who underestimates Maggie for the person she is. In fact, many of the those most important themes of the story are highlighted by the issue of how things are used on an everyday basis. Dee rebukes her immediate genealogy, claiming that all their names come from white slave owners at one point in history. Another instance is when she asks her mother for the quilts her grandmother had quilted, her mother said they were for Maggie Dee's sister , Dee's reply was that Maggie wouldn't appreciate the quilts and Maggie, being the beautiful person she is, says her older sister can have them. Mama is the voice behind this short story.
As this story unfolds, the visit from Dee is anything but pleasant. All in all, Maggie is a very distinctive character. She arrives home and is instantly commanding that she be referred to by her new name, Wangero. In the story, Mama seems to be an observant and opinionated parent. Dee changes her name to Wangero Lewaninka Kemanjo, which supposedly goes back to her African roots. Johnson is a mother of two daughters, Dee and Maggie.