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Essay | Separating the Flames of Reality

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Separating the Flames of Reality

Summary: In Alice Walker's short story, Everyday Use", despite the hard choice of Maggie's Reality vs. Wangero's Fantasy, the mother chose reality. Beauty and intelligence are not easy fantasies to give up, not when they even haunt one's dreams.
In Alice Walker's short story, "Everyday Use," Wangero could have thought: "Ashes to Ashes. Dust to Dust." Once the house burned, it, and its history is dead--lost in the flames-- the joy in a new start, a new life, a new name must have made Wangero want to "dance around the ashes (66)" of the house. Dee did in fact change her name to "Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo." When her mother asked her why she didn't use her name anymore Wangero answered: "She's dead, I couldn't bear it any longer being named after the people who oppress me." (68) `She' died in the same fire that burned down the house I suppose. So, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Dee was reborn as Wangero. However, the night of the fire a flame of conflict was born for her mother. The conflict of Maggie, the younger sister, vs...

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