Johnson, we are told, collects money at her church so that Dee can attend school. The mother informs Dee that she has already promised the quilts to Maggie. She was determined to stare down any disaster in her efforts. Maggie and Mama are both uneducated. Maggie, on the other hand, knows no world but the one she came from. Furthermore, Dee views her real heritage as dead, something of the past, rather than as a living, ongoing creation. She fails to see the family legacy of her given name and takes on a new name, Wangero, which she believes more accurately represents her African heritage.
In Dee's case, she goes out to make all that can of herself while leaving her past behind, in comparison to Maggie, who stays back with her roots and makes the most out of the surroundings that she has been placed in. As individuals, we view and experience common heritage in subtly differing ways. Mama and Maggie continue to live together in their humble home. While Mamma and Maggie have a very different take on things. Of course not, you would say a herd of buffalo. Heritage helps to develop a person's values showing what they believe in.
She has little true understanding of Africa, so what she considers her true heritage is actually empty and false. Pressed us to her with the serious way she read, to shove us away at just the moment, like dimwits, we seemed about to understand. Dee, the oldest daughter, discarded her heritage from the start and never reformed a connection with it. It is this statement that prompts her mother to take the quilts away from Dee and hand them to Maggie because Maggie understands their history and value so much more deeply than Dee does. This is clear from her ability to associate pieces of fabric in two quilts with the people whose clothes they had been cut from: In both of them were scraps of dresses Grandma Dee had worn fifty and more years ago. She stood there with her scarred hands hidden in the folds of her skirt.
But at the same time, the lessons passed on by their ancestors are what give meaning to their lives. From the beginning, Dee despises the home that they live in. They aren't just parts of cloth put together to make a blanket. Johnson snatches her ancestors' quilts from her daughter Dee, who wants to hang them on a wall, and gives them to Maggie, Walker illuminates her life-long celebration of rural Southern black womanhood. After that, she simply calls her Dee, fully withdrawing her gesture of support because Dee has made no effort to reciprocate. Heritage can be defined as a property that is inherited; a birthright; or traditions, and values passed down other generations of family members. The shift in gears was prominent, and soon all manner of people began to turn themselves over to the resolution; inspired poets, artists, songwriters and even those in the rabble between began to change their names to re-identify with their culture, their heritage in their own eyes and minds.
For instance, in my Arabian culture, we like to cook mostly with grains. Symbolism such as certain objects, their front yard, and the different characters, are all used to represent the main theme that heritage is something to always be proud of. She is portrayed as bright, beautiful, and self-centered. Her daughter Dee is not content with her lifestyle and makes it hard on Maggie and the narrator. The narrator is trying to provide for her family the best way she can. His name was Henry, but they called him Stash.
Another big part of African American culture is food. Like scholars such as Houston A. Mama and Maggie, on the other hand, exemplify the alternative view of heritage that Walker proposes— one in which heritage is a part of everyday life, fluid and constantly being added to and changed. Dee asks her mother if she can have items from the home; a churn top and a dasher, which were hand made by family members. Aside from Dee and Maggie, there was the mother. Heritage and tradition can be expressed in any form the ethnicity chooses to use.
In Dee's case, she goes out to make all that can of herself while leaving her past behind, in comparison to Maggie, who stays back with her roots and makes the most out of the surroundings that she has been placed in. Oh, yeah—and on top of that, one of the story's main characters comes out and practically tells us that they represent heritage. Some symbols of heritage can be meaningful to some people, while for others they are meaningless. Mama, an African American is a strong hard-working, independent, uneducated, and self sufficient woman who despite all these great qualities still have a low self esteem and lacks self confidence. For Maggie, the quilts are reminders of specific people, not of some abstract notion of heritage. She felt like she had understood the importance of the quilts and she would put them to proper use.
Throughout the story, Mama has described Maggie in terms that make it clear that she is disappointed and possibly even ashamed of her. She is ashamed of her culture because of her desire to succeed and overcome poverty, which is not an ideal of her culture at the time. But the quilts in the story show a super-duper degree of creativity given that they're made out of scraps of used clothing. The climax in the story is when Dee asks to two particular quilts that Mama had promised to Maggie. Mama understands that Maggie, not Dee, should have the quilts, because Maggie will respect them by using them in the way they were intended to be used. Page created 19 September 2002 by Anniina Jokinen. A person can just stop working and enjoy the little things they never noticed.