Alice Walkerâ€™s â€œEveryday Useâ€ is a great story. It shows a proud mother dealing with problems that could happen to any family. Mama is struggling to make choices that will affect her everyday life to make her children happy. Even though the story happens in the past the problems she is faced with still happen today. Alice Walker does an outstanding job describing the characters. But the best character is Mama without a question. Mama is an unforgettable character that shows consistent behavior, motivates the reader, and is lifelike.
Mama shows consistent behavior throughout the story. An example would be when everyone is eating dinner the story states â€œWe sat down to eatâ€¦ collards and porkâ€¦chitlins and corn breadâ€¦ sweet potatoes.â€ This shows the Mama has not changed the way or what she cooks. Almost to show Dee that nothing is going to change the way she lives and works. At the end of the story Mama asks Maggie â€œBring me a dip of snuff. And then the two of us sat there just enjoying, until it was time to go in the house and go to bed.â€ Showing that even after the big fight Mama is unchanged in the way she does things and acts.
Many times in the story the reader is motivated to learn what happens to or what Mama does next. When Dee comes to visit we get a since of person Dee really is. When Dee says that she has changed her name most readers would take that as an insult. But Mama says â€œIf thatâ€™s what you want us to call you, weâ€™ll call you.â€ This motivates the reader to wonder how much more Mama can take, and if the outcome is going to be interesting. Furthermore, if she went so far as to deny her family then what else is Dee capable of doing. By the time we reach the point in the story when Dee and Mama are fighting over the quilts. The reader is questioning what Mama will do to handle the situation. Until we find out that Dee has already rejected the quilts at one point in time. We know this because Mama thinks to herself...