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Core Values of “Everyday Use” By Alice Walker

Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” is read worldwide, and people have concluded that the main aim of the story is to define an identity. Alice Walker argued on a number of points, and the most prominent one is the problem of individuals holding onto their personal identities instead of losing them according to the standards made by society.

There are a number of other things that are included in the story and explain the core importance of family and unity. The main aim of the paper is to discuss the core values of the story, which Alice Walker indirectly tried to convey to the reader with the help of narrations and examples.

In the initial phase of the story, the author explains Dee’s community deficiency towards her family and the core values in Saint Leo University’s code of conduct are belonging, interdependence as well as Unity, which are based on mutual trust as well as respect to create some collective environment to engage others to listen, learn, serve and change respectively. Discussing this fact, the author tried to explain that Dee has lost her identity through which she was identified, which is her family (Walker, 2004). According to the perspective of the writer, it can be explained that Dee refused to be called by the name that her mother gave her when she was born. Dee’s grandmother is also mentioned, and the art she had of quilting the quits, which are amazing art pieces and could be hung on the walls. Dee had a negative remark when the discussion was about the quilt as an heirlooms, and she straight forward answered that she didn’t even remember her grandmother, so she gave these things away or hung them up.

The author also expressed the overall personal development of every family member individually. The most prominent quotes explained that the family was highly affected by the house fires. Maggie, the youngest member of Dee’s family, burns his arm, and her mother says that she would never let her be as beautiful as Dee. Dee used her beauty and intelligence to make a preeminence, but Dee’s mother was against her (Walker, 2004). The mother was a good character, and she didn’t think too much of herself in the story. All the characters accurately used their resources for personnel development, which is narrated by the author in an extraordinary way.

In the end, Alice Walker addressed the unity found in the family. Walker gave a lot many examples in which he tried to express his point that Dee had no integrity in the family and didn’t show equality but, most of the time, superiority. Her views towards the quilt and the heirlooms are that they are just art and nothing else, but in reality, they are the most precious items in a family and are protected from generation to generation to keep their identity. There is another point that Dee is deficient in, but it is seen in other family members. It was honesty, and it helped the family to be united and have integrity. Dee was presented as not honest and not an identity keeper (Walker, 2004).

In a nutshell, it can be concluded that the core values discussed in the story presented by Alice Walker are family integrity, personal development, and identity keeping. Dee didn’t show positivity towards any of the family’s positive approaches. The author presented Dee as a character with a lack of community, integrity, and overall personal development problems. The person’s heritage keeps the memories alive for centuries, and the person is reminded of these heritages for centuries.


Walker, A. (2004). In search of our mothers’ gardens: Womanist prose. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.



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