One-minute review: Two African-American daughters. Dee and Maggie. Dee, the pampered one the pretty one, the favored one, and Maggie, the younger, still bearing the scars from the time the house burned down.
Dee (Wangero) wants to take back with her as much of her heritage as she can—especially two quilts made by her grandmother.
Her mother and Maggie still live their lives as they have always done—unsophisticated, perhaps barely literate, but full of pride in their heritage—and are overwhelmed by Dee’s (Wangero’s) sophistication. Their mother had promised the quilts to Maggie on her marriage.
Dee (Wangero) goes off in a huff. She does not realize that unconsciously she has adopted the culture of the whites. Her mother and Maggie proudly live, not display as relics from the past, their heritage.
Comment: My summary leaves out many of the subtle signs of the contrasting cultures revealed in the story. The writer examines indirectly many of the differences between Dee (Wangero) and the lives of the mother and younger sister, who are contented with their lot. The story deserves a full reading. RayS.
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