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Brown Girl, Brownstones

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Karii Bailey

on 10 February 2015

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Transcript of Brown Girl, Brownstones

This is the literary element that describes the ways the author uses
words. Choice of words, sentence structure, figurative language and sentence
arrangement all work together to establish mood, images, and meaning in the text. Style, therefore,
describes how the author describes events, objects, and ideas.
What is Style?
Style in Brown Girl, Brownstones
Paule Marshall learned that the key to telling a great story is characterization and this lesson is executed through the portrayal of her characters in this novel. Drama and suspense in the narration is intertwined with the characters, especially Selina, together with their search for identity.
The language used by the characters is poetic, dramatic, dynamic and often leavened with irony and humor.

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Style in Brown Girl, Brownstones
Brown Girl, Brownstones
In this text, Paule Marshall pays homage to traditional oral storytelling. With third-person narration, the views in the book shifts between multiple people such as Suggie and Ms. Thompson although most of the text is through the eyes of Selina. Occasionally, an event is foreshadowed by the narrator via the use of symbolic imagery. For example, the placing of emphasis in the end of spring and the end of the day, to show that Selina and Clive's relationship is nearing its end, but for the most part, the future is a mystery.
Literary Devices In Brown Girl, Brownstones
1. Motif: eg. War
2. Symbols:
3. Imagery
4. Metaphors
5. Allusions: literary, mythological, biblical, musical
6. Juxtaposition
7. Irony
8. Satire
9. Humour
Structural Devices in Brown Girl, Brownstones
Stream of Consciousness
Interior Monologues
Chapter Organization
Time Frame
Literary Devices
Marshall's incorporation such as imagery, metaphor and allusion are prominent in Book 1.

"In the somnolent July afternoon the unbroken lines of brownstone houses down the long Brooklyn street resembled an army massed at attention"

This is the first sentence that introduces the novel and it makes use of all the devices mentioned before. It allows the reader to imagine the row of house and how their rigid structure and symmetry can resemble that of army soldiers standing at attention. It can be assumed that Marshall used this to allude to World War II which was about to begin during the time period of the novel.
In the second paragraph of Book 1, through the use of metaphors and juxtaposition, the detailed description of the Brownstones' similarities and differences can also be used to describe the similarities and differences between the people of that community.

Reference (Pg 1 L 10-13)
It can be said that with this sentence Marshall is using the Brownstones' description to suggest that all the people who came to live in this community all came for the same reason; The American Dream.

Reference (Pg 1 L 13-15) : This can be uses to symbolize the individuality and uniqueness of all persons who inhabit the Brownstones

The use of imagery, metaphors and allusion are used to set up the tone and environment in which the story unfolds from Book 1. With the use of juxtaposition of the themes of sense of belonging and individuality, Marshall helps the reader of the novel to understand the struggles Selina faces to find her own identity and a sense to belong to.
The author wrote the novel in such a way as to portray the various ways migration affected both the people who moved voluntarily as well as their offspring who often had a more difficult time. With the point of view being of a child who is coming of age there is an innocence and the sense of clean state that hasn't yet been fully shaped and 'stained'
by its surroundings and experiences.
Literary Devices

Stream of Consciousness
: a person's thoughts and conscious reactions to events, perceived as a continuous flow.

Internal Monologue
: also known as inner voice, internal speech or verbal stream of conciousness is thinking in words. It also refers to the semi-constant internal monologue one has with oneself at a conscious or semi-conscious level.

: a scene in a movie, novel etc set in a time earlier than the main story.

: also known as guessing ahead is a literary device by which an author hints what is to come.

Time Frame
: a period of time during which something has taken or will take place.

Chapter Organization
: One of the main divisions of a relatively lengthy piece of writing, such as a book, that is usually numbered or titled.

: any element, subject, idea or concept that is constantly present through the entire body of literature. They are very noticeable and play a significant role in defining the nature of the story, the course of events and the very fabric of the literary piece.

: a literary technique in which two or more ideas, places, characters and their actions are placed side by side in a narrative or poem for the purpose of comparison & contrast.
Structural Devices Definitions
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