It has to be made clear that Farrel’s understanding of Alice Walker’s story is an acceptable argument. It is no loner convenient to praise Mama and Maggie’s dedication to preserve traditions and to condemn Dee for her progressive thinking.
It has to be said that perhaps Dee was not materialistic but simply wanted to improve her life.
It is wrong for her in not encouraging Maggie to reach for the stars.
She seemed justified in her actions because of Maggie’s injuries but even with a disability a child must go to school.
Maggie does not hate Dee’s sophistication and learning, in fact she wants to be like Dee.
But at the same time Maggie is sensitive enough to honor and respect her mother and their traditions.
Nancy Tuten echoes the sentiment of most readers and most commentators who said that Dee was a bad example of how a girl should behave.
This is evident in the introduction to an article that she had written on this subject and she wrote “Commentaries on Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” typically center on Mama’s awakening to one daughter’s superficiality and to the other’s deep-seated understanding of heritage (Tuten, 1993, p.125).
A world populated by people who are not pressured to buy the latest gadgets and be updated with the latest trend.
Tuten’s commentary is a criticism to the lifestyle chosen by Dee.