The Question and Answer section for Everyday Use is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
When Dee arrives, she is fully dressed in African clothing and jewelry, a natural hairstyle.... and best of all, she's changed her name (to make it more African sounding).
This question does not refer to the story Everyday Use. Please find the correct category and post accordingly.
In my opinion, Mama looks to Dee for some sort of pride and acceptance. She never felt good enough for Dee, and Dee never did anything to change that.