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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.

Paragraphs 4 and 5 (lines 19-36) PRIMARILY serve to


demonstrate the unrealistic self-perception of the narrator.


juxtapose the narrator’s actual character with her perception of the mother that Dee would find acceptable.


put the narrator’s dream-like mentality into perspective with reality.


provide a vivid depiction of Dee’s love and respect for the narrator despite the narrator’s brutish characteristics.


foreshadow the anticipated television appearance of the two characters.

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