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OUR CLAIM:• We contend that Mama does not feel appreciated by Dee while others contend that Mama does feel appreciated by her daughter Dee.• The two interdisciplinary forms we used to support our claim are education and culture.
EVIDENCE:• Education: • Demeanor and conversations she has with her family are evidence of her lack of gratitude for her mother and hometown. • Mama describes a letter Dee wrote to her saying that where ever they [Mama and Maggie] “choose” to live, she will manage to see them but will never bring her friends. • These words are condescending to her mother and are a clear example of Dee’s elitist attitude and why Mama doesn’t feel appreciated by Dee when Mama was the one who provided Dee with the opportunity to get an education and a “better life”.
EVIDENCE (CONTINUED)• We believe that since Dee went away for college and learned more about her culture and society’s standards, she doesn’t think her hometown is “up to par”. If she were to have stayed at home, and not have received a higher education, we believe she wouldn’t have a demeaning manner about her self.• In the article posted on “Education Insider” written by Sara Wright she explains the pros and cons of leaving home for college. The list of pros include independence, a fresh start and a new perspective. This “new perspective” is what changed Dee’s attitude. Leaving for college introduces you to people from all walks of life and expose you to new ideas and cultural norms.
EVIDENCE (CONTINUED) • Mama wishes that the relationship between her and Dee would improve. • She ultimately feels unappreciated by her own flesh and blood. • She reminisces on a TV show, where the child unites with the parent and thanks her for everything that they’ve done for her and shows her appreciation. • If Dee showed Mama gratitude, (which she doesn’t because through conversations she’s had with her mother, you can tell she’s overall ungrateful and doesn’t appreciate her mother,) shows how much she appreciates her, and everything she has done for her, would bring some kind of happiness to her life. • Mama just wishes that Dee would show gratitude towards her.
CULTURE: QUILTS• Throughout history quilts were made for many purposes • To keep warm • To decorate houses • Political views • To remember family and loved ones
• There are many different types but the one type of quilt that is significant to U.S history is Freedom Quilts• Freedom quilts were used to: • Send signals to slaves to pack for a journey and to get ready to escape • Also to guide slaves to food, to point north, and t show danger
• Because Dee was educated she not only saw the quilts as something to keep her warm but she saw the history of the quilt and what it signified
CONCLUSION• In conclusion Group 3 contends that Dee is ungrateful as well as disrespectful to her for family for the sacrifices they have both made for her• Dee does not recognize that the only reason she is able to hold herself to a higher standard is because of what her community did for her• Holding oneself to a better standard is good, but not at the expense of people who aren’t as fortunate• Edwidge Danticat’s 1937 shows both the negatives and positives of pursuing your goals at any means necessary
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