Sara’s paper, “The Heritage Battle: An Examination and Comparison of Heritage and Cultural Understanding between Maggie and Dee in Alice Walker’s ‘Everyday Use’,” examines the nature of identity of the self, family, and culture in Alice Walker’s story. Sara made vivid selected scenes from “Everyday Use” and got some laughter from the audience with occasional humorous observations about the self-assured character Dee. Ultimately, Sara argued, while Dee imagines herself more connected to her black African roots than the rest of her American family, she values her family’s practical possessions only for their potential artistic and monetary value. It is Maggie, the quieter sister, who follows the path of her ancestors by living according to their values — and using the same household items they used. Thus, no matter how hard one tries to create a cultural persona, our true heritage can best be found where it came from: in our own families.
After Sara’s presentation, a brief panel discussion followed. Afterward I congratulated her and let her know how proud we are at the Writing Center, where for the past number of weeks we worked together to prepare the final version of her paper for the conference.
Sara has been accepted at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX, where she will soon transfer after her graduation from Collin. She plans to pursue a degree in English.