Familyvalues are the cultural values that are associated with the traditionand are usually held by family. In “Everyday Use” and “A Raisinin the Sun” some family values are portrayed and are related withthe individuals discussed in the short stories. The purpose of thisreport is to discuss the family values as portrayed in these twoworks.
FamilyValues in “Everyday Use”
Inthis short story, one of the family values learned is that of ageneration that does not want to be associated with their tradition.This shows disrespect for the past generation. The aspect of beingdisrespectful to the tradition is portrayed through the characterDee. Although she was born in the village and raised by hertraditional mother, she is indicated to have lost family values ofnaming after going to school in the city (Gale 58). She tries to callherself by the name that she deems fits her, “Wangero”. Besides,Dee sees her actual heritage as dead and as something that is passedby time instead of viewing it as living. Dee desires carved dasher,as well as family quilts however, she perceives them as artifactsthat are of past time, which should be used just for display ratherthan for practical use. Education is another family value that hasbeen portrayed in the short story (Gale 72). Education has beendepicted as divisive to Dee and the rest of the family members.Although “Mama” and “Maggie” are depicted as not educated,they seem to understand their heritage better than Dee, who hasreceived a lot of education. The education that Dee has tends tocause division in the family instead of uniting it. This is becauseDee tries to intimidate the two because of her education, which isdisrespectful to the family.
FamilyValues in “A Raisin in the Sun”
Oneof the family values that can be learned from this short story isgood morals. From the story, it is apparent that Mr. Younger Sr. wasalways supportive to his wife in ensuring that Beneatha and Walteracquired good morals by ensuring that they attended church (Hansberry48). Through being raised in a Christian setting, the Younger familylearned good values, which was critical for the family. Anotherfamily value learned from the short story was facing problemspositively. Through the teachings of Mr. Younger to the family, hewanted people not to run from their problems, but face thempositively. This was the reason why Walter Jr. was in a position toface his problems rather than running away from them after beingtalked to by Mama. Besides, working hard was another family valuethat I learned from the short story. In the play, Mr. Younger isportrayed to work hard and desired to better himself through hardwork. In addition, another family value that can be learned from thestory is love. The family of Mr. Younger is depicted to be raisedwith a lot of love.
Inconclusion, family values are evident in “Everyday Use” and “ARaisin in the Sun”. Disrespectfulness for family heritage andtraditions is indicated in “Everyday Use”. This is depictedthrough Dee. Alternatively, in “A Raisin in the Sun,” Mr. Youngeris portrayed to bring out the family values of good morals, love, andpositive living.
Gale,Cengage L. StudyGuide to Alice Walker`s Everyday Use.Detroit: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015. Print.
Hansberry,Lorraine. ARaisin in the Sun.London: Bloomsbury, 2015. Print.
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