Everyday Use Character Development

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Every Day Use-Character Development Every Day Use, unlike the first story we read, is full of amazing character development. You actually get to know the characters. You get the Idea right off the bat that Maggie, although burned and scarred, has some pretty big opinions. She thinks that her sister has the world in the palm of her hand, and she will never hear the word no. That's pretty cool, considering Maggie is known to be slow.

The family is not ideal. It describes how Dee wishes they could be a television family. Instead, they are anything but that. Maggie has dreams of this kind of life, on television, so you know they think pretty heavily about this.

Mama, big boned and tough, is portrayed as the anti television mom. They portray her has a large tomboy of sorts. She'd much rather milk a cow than sing a song.

She'd milk a cow all night if she could. She's simply not your average mom.

Those are the ideas you get from just the first page and a half. I knew from that point that character development is something the author had no problem with. You learn more and more about them with each and every sentence.

Dee is obviously not content with the way her mom and sister live. She wants things she can't have. She's ashamed. It's pretty obvious. I really wish the reaction would be shown from Mama when Dee said she would never bring any friends over. I imagine she was slightly hurt. But at the same time, Mama seems content. She accepts things the way they are. I would guess, from what I've read, that her philosophy is simple. "We're poor, and oh well." I was shocked when Dee changed her name. That bothered me.

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