Every Day Use Paper
This is a short story paper reflecting how my education has been affected by my cultural background in relationship to the short story, “Every Day Use”. The paper will first provide a summary from the reading. It will then discuss the issue with examples from the story being connected to that of my own personal upbringing.
In the short story, “Every Day Use”, it is written in the perspective of a mother, where she compares and reflects the differences between her two daughters, Dee and Maggie. Maggie lives at home with her mother, with a lifestyle that shows the hard-physical demands that the women in their family have become accustomed to for many generations. Dee is her daughter that was able to leave and further her education. Dee came for a visit and fights anything that has to do with the black oppression that is her heritage.
Education is placed on a high pedestal in our society. Many argue that a bachelor’s degree is the new high school diploma here in The United States. As I am a first-generation college student, such as Dee, I can relate to the story “Every Day Use”. I am from a mix of European descent on both sides of my family. Both sides of my grandparents grew up in the South in poverty during The Great Depression. My grandfather on my mother’s side grew up picking cotton on farms and did not own a pair of shoes until he joined the army at the age of seventeen (he lied about his age). On my father’s side, his thirteen-year-old mother was married to a twenty-two-year-old man as her family could no longer afford to feed her. She went on to have 8 children who never furthered their education past high school. My family is not a degree holding family, as all work by one trade or another. My family embarrassingly sings praise to anyone who will listen in telling them that they have a daughter who earned a full-blown scholarship to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
This paper provided an insight on how my education has been affected by my cultural background in relationship to the short story, “Every Day Use”.
Every Day Use Paper