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Literary Analysis Essay on Mama in "Everyday Use"


stucktm 1 / -  
Sep 12, 2012   #1
Hi everyone,

I needed to write a short analysis explaining why this person made certain choices. This is what I have written and turned it in, I was told that this is a summary and not an analysis. Please help me what I need to change or how to word it better. Much help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

In "Everyday Use," Maggie is surprised at how her mom changed toward her sister Dee. Why does mama change at the end of the story and gives the quilts to Maggie. Mama realized that Dee doesn't appreciates her heritage. Dee just wants everything nice and fancy. She requested the dasher, churn top, and the quilts from her mom. So she can display them and show other people her root. Mama also realized that Maggie is the one who truly understands and appreciates her heritage. Mama would rather have Maggie using the quilts in everyday life, instead of them being hung up for display.
EF_Susan - / 2,364 12  
Sep 24, 2012   #2
hello,

To start, you should Google "literary analysis" to get information on what you really need to accomplish here. Yes, this is mostly a summary, but you still have something to start with here. One of the points you may find in your search is to re-read the passage with a particular question or questions in mind.

You asked a question with "why does mama change" etc. and gave an answer to the question but you could expand on it further, citing specific examples from the story that support your answer. Otherwise it seems like you're just summarizing the ending of the story.

Also, you need to watch your grammar and punctuation. Since this was just a few sentences I'll give it a quick edit.

In "Everyday Use," Maggie is surprised at how her mom changed toward her sister Dee. Why does mama change at the end of the story and gives the quilts to Maggie? Mama realized that Dee doesn't appreciate her heritage, she just wants everything nice and fancy. Dee requested the dasher, churn top, and the quilts from her mom so that she can display them and show other people her roots. Mama also realized that Maggie is the one who truly understands and appreciates her heritage. Mama would rather have Maggie using the quilts in everyday life, instead of them being hung up for display.

More could be changed, but I wanted you to at least see what i mean.

Hope this helps!!


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