3 Toni Cade BambaraAmerican writer, civil rights activist and teacherGrew up in HarlemGraduated from Queens College and studied acting in Europe
4 Her stories are set in the rural South and the urban North Uses black street dialectGorilla, My Love and The Salt Eaters are two collections of her short stories
5 BackgroundDialect is a way of speaking and writing that is common to people in a particular region or group; it adds color, liveliness and realismExamples?
6 Characters/setting/plot Cathy, Tyrone & Terry, Granny, Granddaddy Cain, Camera & Smilin, and the narratorSouth, the Cain residence, Christmas timeThe Cain residence is intruded by cameramen to shoot a food stamps commercial (privacy and family dignity)
7 Literary AnalysisCharacterization refers to the way a writer reveals a character’s personality traitsDirect characterization – writers directly state a character’s personality traitsIndirect characterization – writers use a character’s actions, thoughts and feelings to suggest a character’s traits
8 Examples of characterization “Father was driving with a reckless and exhilarating skill-” Indirect“Miss Golden, crisp, fragrant, punctual, shut the door-” Direct
9 NarratorsFirst person narrator – a character within the story tells the storyThird person narrator – a character not within the story tells the storyWhat kind of narrator does this story have?
10 What do we know about the narrator of the story? The narrator is a female. This is because the man addresses the group as “ladies”. The narrator is Granny Cain’s granddaughter.
11 How is Granny characterized? Granny is outspoken and gets her point across through words.The children respect Granny. Specifically, Cathy admires her, Terry & Tyrone fear and respect her
12 How is Granddaddy Cain characterized? He is quiet and let his actions speak for him. He has a regal appearance and people resent him for it
13 How are Camera and Smilin characterized? Frightened and very intrusiveIndirectlyThey are scared of the hawk, they don’t ask for permission to be there
14 Activities Review and assess on page 576 Good worksheets for review
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