Explain why and how Jackie does not recognize her own talents in Brown Girl Dreaming.

Jackie does not immediately recognize her talents as a writer because of all the turmoil that goes on in her life. Having her parents separate, moving to a new city several times, and losing a family member puts finding her talents on the back burner. When the time is right, however, she discovers and begins to nurture her writing talent.

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It takes Jackie some time to recognize her talents as a writer because there is so much going on in her life. Over and above living through the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, Jackie has seemingly endless family drama going on, which sees her mother take them to live...

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It takes Jackie some time to recognize her talents as a writer because there is so much going on in her life. Over and above living through the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, Jackie has seemingly endless family drama going on, which sees her mother take them to live with Jackie's grandparents, then return to Ohio to give her husband another chance, and then leave once again for her parents' home in Greenville, South Carolina. After forming a close bond with her grandparents, Jackie must then face another move, this time to New York. Jackie's childhood is therefore extremely unsettled, which makes it difficult for her to think about what her talents might be.

When Jackie and her siblings eventually arrive in New York, there is yet more family drama, when her mother's sister Kay, who lived in the apartment above them, dies. In spite all of this, Jackie slowly realizes that while she struggles to engage with much of the subject matter she is being taught at school, she is inspired by books and poems. Although writing does not initially come easily for her, Jacqueline decides that she wants to persevere and become a writer, in spite of all that she has been through.

Like most writers, it was through vast life experience that Jackie recognized her talents and found her identity as a writer.

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