What Is Heritage
What is Heritage
In ?Everyday Use,? the theme revolves around presence of heritage. Dee wants to take on the heritage of African decent. But her mother and Maggie realize that the real heritage lies in the everyday traditions that they practice. They use many things in the story as a part of their everyday traditions. The churn top, dasher, and quilts all are symbolically linked to the heritage of this family. Heritage is a tradition. Something passed down from generations that come before. A person determines their heritage by the traditions they learn from their parents and other elders. You cannot claim a heritage in which was not brought down to you through your family.
Dee came home with a new name. Dee states her name has changed saying, ?No mama, not Dee. Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo.?(175) She takes a new African name. She is beginning to claim the heritage of an African from Africa. In leaving her home she has forgotten her family traditions and now takes an African one. She comes back to her mother?s house with all these ideas of being a culture before her time. Her name
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