How is intersectionality a pertinent concept for the narrator of "A Way of Talking"?

Intersectionality is a pertinent concept for the narrator of "A Way of Talking" because she is a woman of color. Her experiences are influenced by both her racial and gender identity, so intersectionality is important to keep in mind when discussing her narration.

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Intersectionality is pertinent to the narrator of "A Way of Talking" by Patricia Grace because she is a woman of color, and so her experiences are both influenced by how people view her as a Maori person and as a woman.

To answer this question, it is important to make sure we have a clear understanding of what intersectionality means. Intersectionality is the way in which different social categorizations overlap and create interdependent systems of discrimination. These social categorizations include race, gender, ability, religion, class, and so on. When we talk about intersectionality, it often means acknowledging how all of our identities intersect and impact how we are treated in society. For example, many women will have shared experiences due to their gender; however, women of color will also be viewed by society in the context of their racial identity, and these experiences will differ from those of white women.

Intersectionality is pertinent to Patricia Grace's "A Way of Talking" because the narrator, Hera, and her sister are both Maori women. You may want to refer to specific sections in the text where either woman is treated differently from others because of her Maori identity or because she is female. The scene with the seamstress will be relevant. You should also to consider how the seamstress envies Rose's freedom, even though she is very well off. The seamstress's occupation is much more traditionally feminine than Rose's academic pursuits. Consider how the fact that these characters are all women influences their interaction. How do the sisters' experiences differ from those of the seamstress, and how might this influence their perceptions of each other and their life choices?

Finally, it would also be useful to discuss how Hera and Rose have different approaches to handling situations where they are unfairly judged due to their race or gender. In the beginning, Rose is much more outspoken, while Hera is uncomfortable confronting people. Consider how Hera's attitude changes at the end of the story and how this decision is influenced by her racial and gender identities. In particular, she discusses defending her Maori identity.

By focusing on the way the two sisters are treated is influenced by both their racial and gender identity, and finding textual support from the scenes mentioned above, you will have a robust answer to this question. Hope this has been helpful! The links below lead to an article on intersectionality and the eNotes page for "A Way of Talking."

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