Alice Walker: Everyday Use (00:00)
Maggie sees the old family quilt—an heirloom already promised to her—as something with practical utility as well as tradition. Her educated, social activist sister wants to hang it on the wall as folk art. With whom will their mother side? A study in class differences and the reclamation of black history, Alice Walker’s short story "Everyday Use" is beautifully realized in this dramatization. (26 minutes)
"Everyday Use": Waiting for Dee's Return (04:07)
An African-American woman has two daughters with different life perspectives. Maggie and her mom are firmly entrenched in their southern lifestyle while Dee has been away at college.
"Everyday Use": Dee's Arrival (03:55)
Dee returns wearing traditional African clothing, using African greetings, and introduces her family to her new African name, rejecting a name passed down for three generations.
"Everyday Use": Quaint Southern Meal (01:33)
Dee and her boyfriend reject many Southern beliefs and traditions, including prayer and dietary changes.
"Everyday Use": Dee's Conflict (05:24)
Conflict between the political movement and Southern heritage is apparent when Dee asks others to wait on her, perpetuating the exact role she wishes to defy.
"Everyday Use": Family Heirlooms (01:46)
Dee collects several family heirlooms to preserve for their artistic value, not realizing that in doing so she devalues their history, significance, and worth.
"Everyday Use": Old Quilts (03:21)
Dee asks for the quilts her grandmother made to hang on her wall. Her mother refuses to give them to her, knowing that Maggie would better appreciate them by putting them to everyday use.
"Everyday Use": Understanding Heritage (02:25)
Dee claims that Maggie and her mother don't understand their heritage when the opposite is true.
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