Whether they get it right or wrong, that doesn't matter. I took it for a moment in my hands. Since I am stout it takes something of a push. By knowing your family, you are able to see yourself in a totally new way. After reading this story, it might seem that a simple quilt should not be a cause of such conflict between a family, but more than the value of the quilt, was the value of one daughters self confidence, which was restored after the mother stood up for what she thought was right. In both cases the mother just describes what she sees.
Dee says that the priceless quilts will be destroyed. She was the first African American woman to earn these two awards. She is not the best-looking person, she claims, but she is still proud that she is raising her children by herself. I can work outside all day, breaking ice to get water for washing. Johnson, we are told, collects money at her church so that Dee can attend school.
The narrator is the mother, and the story is told in her point of view. Mama resented the intimidating world of ideas and education that Dee forced on her family on her trips home. Racism, passive acceptance, and forces beyond her control set Mama on the road that led to her life of toil. Dee loved school and decided to work hard and accomplish everything she ever dreamed of. When she was a child, her school was closed, and no one attempted to try to reopen it.
Is wanting to be common all that wrong? This imagery of this man-like woman gives us a sense that Mama is a strong, capable and independent woman. But Walker somehow gets the reader to believe this popularization itself can actually turn into a form of exploitation. She makes me feel that even though we all live different lives, we are all the same in every way. Dee wears a brightly colored, yellow-and-orange, ankle-length dress that is inappropriate for the warm weather. She insists that she should! She had hated the house that much.
The quilt was put together by pieces of cloths by Grandma Dee and the finishing touches were provided by Big Dee Dee's aunt and Mrs. Be nobody's darling; Be an outcast. 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. She had filled her bottom lip with checkerberry snuff and gave her face a kind of dopey, hangdog look. Since, this can be your mother, a sister, even you. .
It also opens your eyes to how a mother thinks after feeling as if her daughter sees her as disgust for living how she does. The idea of pride in culture, heritage, and family is the main theme of the tale. Walker describes in detail the battle between personalities of Dee Wangero and her mother, the fight to brake from her cultural appeal. I feel her trembling there and when I look up I see the perspiration falling off her chin. Yet, the difference is an African American identity and the fact there are two daughters instead of one.
However, I think that I was not able to fully understand the plot because I didn't have much connection to the text, but there were some parts of the story that were intriguing to me and those are the parts that I would like to point out. Nowhere in the dialogue do Walker's characters directly mention their feelings about the Americanization of African tradition. The tense discussion about who gets the quilts takes place inside, where the various objects provoke Dee's desire to reconnect with her past. The bond that Mother and Maggie share is brought by their common talent to make works of art like quilts. As a writer, I enjoy the touch of culture and heritage introduced in this piece.
In fact when she finally did returned she was a completely different person and is with a man who also seems out of touch with his heritage. She fails to see the family legacy of her given name and takes on a new name, Wangero, which she believes more accurately represents her African heritage. She appears to be a young woman, even though her exact age is not given. In many ways, Mama prefers the yard to the confining house, where the muggy air fails to circulate freely. The family has its own rich, personal heritage, but Dee canneither see nor appreciate it. Mama extols the comforts of the yard, comparing it to an extended living room. This connection between generations is strong, yet Dee's arrival and lack of understanding of her history shows that those bonds are vulnerable as well.