Maggie S Disadvantage An Undermining Advantage

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An Undermining Advantage
Maggie is a quiet, passive character to say the least. She has the personality of a giver, always willing to give everyone anything they want, within her reach, to make them happy. No matter how damaging it may be to her character, Maggie would give up anything that belonged to her as long as it pleased someone else. For instance, Dee wanted two quilts her grandmother made even though they were promised to Maggie. Maggie selflessly insists that her sister can have the quilts (128). Maggie is also not a very strong character; instead she stays in the background most every situation that she can. For example, Dee and her friend rapidly approached the house in their car. “Maggie attempts to make a dash for the... View More »

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Maggie is startled by the unorthodox desire of her sister. Her mother describes the movement coming from Maggie’s direction in the house. “I heard something fall in the kitchen, and a minute later the kitchen door slammed” (127). Her mother explains to her the quilts were reserved for Maggie but Dee remains persistent (127, 128). Maggie backs down from the conflict, telling her mother to let Dee have the quilts (128). What seems like a heated debate turns into a cold bitterness when Dee’s mother retrieves the quilts and sternly forces them into the hands of Maggie. Dee turns angry and rushes out of their house, into the car, starting to flee the premises. “You just don’t understand,” Dee says to her mother as she begins to pull away.
Dee brings a friend with her to visit her family. Dee and this boy are obviously very close friends, but there is no evidence supporting a marriage. Dee unconsciously undermines Maggie in this situation; Maggie is afraid of this new character brought into her home. As Asalamalakim, Dee’s friend, greets the family, he startles Maggie. “He moves to hug Maggie but she falls back, right up against the back of my chair,” the narrator recounts. Maggie trembles and starts to perspire (123, 124). As Dee is busy scoping out the landscape, Asalamalakim remains persistent on making himself welcome to Maggie. “Asalamalakim is going through the motions with Maggie’s hand. Maggie’s hand is as limp as a fish, and probably as cold, despite the sweat, and she keeps trying to pull it back” (124). While Dee’s friend is there, Maggie stays out of the way, not ...

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