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Relevance of Character Contrast in "Everyday Use"

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"Everyday Use" by Alice Walker (1944- )

Walker, Alice. "Everyday Use." Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense. 10th ed. Eds. Thomas R. Arp and Greg Johnson. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2009. 166-168. Print.

What is the relevance of the difference between the narrator’s actual character and the way Dee would want her to be?

A

It provides a point of reference for their tenuous relationship.

B

It highlights the mental frailty of the narrator.

C

It develops the purpose of the upcoming meeting of the two.

D

It contrasts the narrator’s idealistic mindset with Dee’s level-headed expectations.

E

It accentuates Maggie’s nervousness.