There are many examples in Alice Walker’s story that supports this view.
In the very beginning of the story one can already see the reason why Tuten disapproved of Dee’s actions and supported the desire of Mama and Maggie to continue with their way of life.
Sooner or later change will overtake every country and every community.
The well swept hard clay may be nice during summer but what will happen when there is heavy rain?
, Alice Walker talks about the conflict that exists between Mama and Dee. All the literary critic and commentator will agree that there is conflict between the mother and her eldest daughter.
All of them will also agree that Mama chose to stand beside Maggie and supported her while she turned her back on Dee.She simply wanted progress over backwardness and chose improvement over stagnation.However, Farrell just like Tuten went to the extreme in their praise and condemnation of the main characters. Mama cannot keep on postponing her date with the present reality.A world populated by people who are not pressured to buy the latest gadgets and be updated with the latest trend.Tuten’s commentary is a criticism to the lifestyle chosen by Dee.There is no indication that Maggie is retarded and so it begs the question why she is attached to her mother like a cat’s tail to a cat.On the other hand Dee must learn to value family and traditions.Tuten condemned her using a strong word and she said that is superficial.In other words she implied that Dee is all about the outward appearance and yet unable to fathom and appreciate what is deep and real.On the other side of the fence there are those who said that Dee had the correct worldview and that she was justified her attempt to transform Mama’s old way of thinking.The reader must not take sides and instead find a way to reconcile the opposing worldviews of Mama and Dee.