In "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird," Toni Bambara uses the technique of indirect characterization for the narrator and the techniques of both direct and indirect characterization for other characters.
Indirect characterization occurs when dialogue, actions or character interaction and reactions reveal the character. Here is a quotation that shows the author's use of direct characterization for other characters:
Tyrone and Terry, were swingin so high out of sight we forgot we were waitin our turn on the tire. Cathy jumped up and came down hard on her heels and started tap-dancin.
More importantly , Bambara employs the technique of a limited third-person narrator, the granddaughter. Because of this particular point of view, the humor of the...
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