In "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird," how does their current home differ from the places where the Cain family has previously lived?

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While the author, Toni Cade Bambara, provides very few details regarding the locations of the Cain family's previous and current homes, the reader can deduce that they have lived in the rural South from certain descriptions such as the "meadow where the men with the station wagon'd been roamin around all morning," the "pecan barrel," and the dialect of the narrator and her family. That the Cains have been itinerant and renters of their homes is indicated by the narrator's mention of the proud Granny's packing and awakening everyone in the night after incidents such as those of the condescending landlords, Mr. Judson's dropping off of boxes of "old clothes and raggedy magazines" or Mrs.Cooper's came into their kitchen, "touchin' everything and sayin' how clean it all was." Moreover, although other locations of homes are not mentioned, the family name of Cain is certainly indicative of their itinerancy.

Also, that the Cains probably own their current home and land is indicated in the possessiveness of Granny, and by an earlier reference to where the Cain's "lived in the Judson's woods." Also, near the end of the narrative when Granddaddy speaks to the cameramen, he pointedly states to the cameramen, "This is our own place."



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