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Oral Tradition

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savannah valco

on 19 February 2013

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Oral Tradition Savannah Valco Emily Puls Jen Sansonette Chalee Fronk Oral Tradition is a method in which history, stories, folktales, and religious beliefs are passed on from generation to generation Ralph Ellison Ellison was deeply involved with the Civil Rights Movement and knew many of the frequent speakers who he based his characters on. “Although Invisible Man is my novel, it is really his memoir.” History/Origin Oral tradition encompassed stories, songs and folklore which were related by the older members of the society to the new generation Oral tradition played an important role in Africa's history and it is through this form of communication that the stories of the old times and the history of the continent was preserved. Oral tradition included: stories, songs and folklore Not only was it a form of communication but also a form of entertainment Music was an educational and expressive tool of oral tradition Because these songs or stories are not written, the words vary among versions Connection to Invisible Man Stories used in the book: Br'er Rabbit Little Black Sambo The novel itself is an oral tradition Characteristics of Oral Traditions Emotion
Structured Pauses
Trash Talk
Rhythm and Movement
Call and Response "You know, there are those who think we who are gathered here are dumb,' I shouted. 'Tell me if I'm right.'
'That's a strike brother!' The voice cried out. Civil Rights Movement Martin Luther King Jr. ‘s “I have a Dream” speech was very influential, given as the keynote address at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. MLK Letter from Birmingham Jail was in response to a white clergy who said he was impatient and it is a powerful defense to nonviolent action •Storytelling has always been important in African–American culture. In Africa, people sang or chanted long oral narratives concerning gods, heroes, and demons. In Louisiana, adults spin their own heroic tales about characters ranging from Marie Laveau to Stackolee. These tales are often known, sung and recited by everyone in the community, with each person adding his or her own versions. Because these songs or stories are not written, the words vary among versions, but the basic content remains essentially the same. Importance to African Community Br'er Rabbit Brer Rabbit was used by the slaves as a parable to show how their native intelligence gave them the ability to stay alive, and outwit their masters This tale evoked secret laughter in the slaves which was a small way for them to defy their masters, and helped them endure slavery . This secret laughter symbolized an inner resistance to domination by whites. Ralph Ellison Finds the inspiration for many of his characters in actual historical figures and his personal experience. His model for Invisible Man is not himself, but he uses his experiences as a young man as a foundation for Invisible Man’s character. In an interview with Richard G. Stern, Ellison stated that he left Tuskeegee Institute in his junior year and went to New York to study sculpture. He intended to work for the summer and return to finish his education in the fall, but he could not find a job which would pay enough to support himself and allow him to save for school Oral Tradition World Wide... "SISTERS! BROTHERS! WE ARE THE TRUE PATRIOTS! THE CITIZENS OF TOMORROW'S WORLD!'" (346)
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