How does the setting affect what happens?
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The action of this story takes place on the front yard of a house, a piece of private property. The resolution of the story is that the white filmmakers are ordered to leave the property - this could only happen when the property is privately owned. Would the family have encountered them on a city street, the family could not have behaved as such. Like most of Bambara’s stories, ‘‘Blues Ain’t No Mockin Bird’’ features strong African-American female characters and reflects social and political issues of particular concern to the contemporary African-American community. To move the family away from their home would eliminate their upper hand, and take away from the sense of strength Bambara wished to express.
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