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What is the theme of "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," by Toni Cade Bambara?

The title of Toni Cade Bambara's short story "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird" is a good indicator of the central theme. Mockingbirds are entertaining birds who spend the whole day singing by imitating...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2016 4:15 am UTC

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What is the message (topic/theme) that the writer is trying to convey?

The central theme of “Blues Ain’t No Mockingbird” by Toni Cade Bambara is respect for others, including their social and emotional situations. A two-man crew takes pictures around the Cain’s far,...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2015 1:55 am UTC

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In "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird" what are the three symbols in the story and what do they stand for?

Three significant symbols in “Blues Ain’t No Mockingbird” are Granddaddy Cain, Camera, and the hammer. Granddaddy Cain: He symbolizes dignity, nobility, and leadership. While his co-workers were...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2018 5:18 pm UTC

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In "Blue's Ain't No Mockingbird," what does Granny tell Grandaddy to do?

In "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird," Granny tells Granddaddy Cain to get the two camera-men out of her flower bed. Granddaddy Cain has just come back from hunting, and he has brought a dead hawk home,...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2015 7:46 pm UTC

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"In Blues Ain't No Mockingbird" what does the short story about the man committing suicide show about granny?

In “Blues Ain’t No Mockingbird” by Toni Cade Bambara, the author uses a flashback in which Granny tells the story of a man on the brink of committing suicide by jumping off a bridge. She describes...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2015 4:04 pm UTC

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What is the dialect in Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"?    

Toni Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin' Bird" is apparently set in the South as the dialects used are reflective of this geographical area. These dialects are African American Vernacular English and...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2017 4:04 pm UTC

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In "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird," why didn't Granny finish her story about the man on the bridge?

Granny didn't finish her story about the man on the bridge because both Terry and Tyrone failed to understand the significance of her tale. On the surface, Granny's story is about a man who was on...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2015 4:49 pm UTC

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Why does Granny and her family move so much in Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin' Bird"?

In Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin' Bird," the narrator explains why Granny moves around so much soon after Granny relays to the kids her story of the man being photographed who was...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2016 6:23 am UTC

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How do Granny and Granddaddy Cain demonstrate their self-respect in "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird" by Toni Cade Bambara?

Granny and Grandaddy Cain demonstrate their self-respect in the manner that they do not permit the interlopers on their property to film and exploit them. When the camera man and his companion...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2016 4:12 am UTC

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What is one example of direct and indirect characterization for the Granny and Granddaddy in "Blues Ain't No...

In Toni Cade Bambara’s short story “Blues Ain’t No Mockingbird” she provides insight into the character traits of Granddaddy and Granny through direct descriptions and through their actions. The...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2015 6:40 pm UTC

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How are the two hawks like Granny and Granddaddy Cain in "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird?"

in "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird," the two hawks do symbolize Granny and Granddaddy Cain because they are attacked in their own environment. Granny and Granddaddy want the film crew to leave, stating...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2012 11:14 pm UTC

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What is the narrator's unusal characterization of Cathy in "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"?

The narrator characterizes Cathy as somewhat incomprehensible. The narrator doesn't understand how Cathy can comprehend things so easily, thing that the narrator herself can't comprehend. For...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2010 8:31 am UTC

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What does the mockingbird represent in "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird" by Toni Cade Bambara?

The usual spelling of mockingbird author Toni Cade Bambara uses in her title "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," as seen in her volume of short stories the work was first published in, tilted Gorilla, My...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2016 4:41 am UTC

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What is the climax of Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"?

The climax in any story is the turning point of the story, the moment rising action becomes falling action. It can also be the most intense moment in the story. In Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2016 8:06 am UTC

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What is the style versus the tone in "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird?"

The style of "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird" seems more realistic and appropriate to the theme than the tone of Toni Cade Bambara's short story. "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird" is told from the...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2015 11:03 pm UTC

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What is the setting of Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird? When and where does the story takes place?

Toni Cade Bambara's short story "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird" appeared in a collection of her stories in 1972. It is about a black family trying to deal with a pair of white county government...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2016 1:26 pm UTC

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What symbolic meaning do the suffering hawks in Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird suggest?

Birds in general are a strong symbol for transcendence and elevation of the spirit and intellect. Like a bird, the inner being can spread it's wings and reach new heights. Birds represent the...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2010 2:45 am UTC

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What is the conflict in Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin' Bird"?

One of the most dominant conflicts in Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin' Bird" is character vs. character. Granny Cain has discovered that two men are filming the fields around her...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2016 9:57 am UTC

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What type of irony is there in the story? "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"

When the men with the cameras take pictures near the Cains's place, Granny exhibits several times verbal irony in her speech. With verbal irony being the saying of one thing when actually something...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2011 1:41 pm UTC

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In "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," why does Granny resent the filmmakers and cameraman?

Granny also resents the filmmakers because they appear to be investigating the extent of her wealth (or lack thereof). For example, the cameraman takes pictures of the pecan barrels, the sled, the...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2018 2:50 pm UTC

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How does the title of the short story by Toni Bambara "The Blues Ain't No Mockingbird" enrich the story? How is the...

Titles in literature are often very significant, and the title of Toni Cade Bambara's story "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird" is no exception. For those from the South, the mockingbird is a common...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2010 12:13 pm UTC

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In the story "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird what characterization technique is the author using?

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....

Latest answer posted October 17, 2015 6:17 pm UTC

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Why did Granddaddy kill the the first hawk in "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird"?

In Toni Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," Granddaddy kills the first hawk because it is the mate of a giant hawk that will come for her and he can then kill it and be rid of both hawks who...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2015 8:08 am UTC

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In "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," what does Cathy mean when she says she will write a story about the proper use of...

The short story "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird" by Toni Cade Bambara tells of an African American family that is being harassed by two overly intrusive white photographers. They claim that they are in...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2019 8:11 pm UTC

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Identify one example of dialogue that shows that Granny is tough. "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird" by Toni Cade Bambara

When the men from the Public Works Program unexpectedly appear in the yard of the Cains uninvited, Granny emerges quickly on the steps with the back screen door banging "soft and scratchy against...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2011 11:07 am UTC

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How do the men react to Granny's asking them to stop filming in "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird" ?

When Granny tells the men filming the yard that she does not want them to do so, the two men back out of the yard, but the camera man continues filming, even when she asks that they turn off the...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016 3:00 pm UTC

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What is the resolution to "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"?

The resolution, or denouement, is the final unraveling of all the complications of the plot. In "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird" by Toni Cade Bambara, the child who is the first-person narrator...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2009 3:19 pm UTC

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Do you think Granddaddy is justified in destroying the camera equipment in "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"? 

The reaction of destroying the camera is justified by Granddaddy Cain because he recognizes by the moaning sounds of Granny that the men have intruded upon their property and upset his wife with...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2015 7:50 am UTC

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What are examples of direct and indirect characterization of Granny Cain in Toni Cade Bambara's story "Blues Ain't no...

Authors use characterization to make a character come to life for a reader. Through characterization, the reader can learn how the character talks, thinks, feels, behaves, what the character looks...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2016 9:43 am UTC

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What are the idioms in Toni Cade Bambara's short story "Blues Ain't No Mockin' Bird"?

An idiom is a frequently used phrase within a culture that is interpreted to mean something other than what the words in the phrase literally mean. Idioms are colorful expressions, meaning rich,...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2016 3:18 am UTC

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In "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," explain what the two men are doing on the Cain family's property.

The two men are on the property to make a film about the county's food stamp program. In the story, the two men are referred to as Camera and Smilin. They ask Granny Cain for permission to take...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2018 2:15 pm UTC

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What happens to the two hawks in Toni Cade Bambara's short story "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"? Why?

Both hawks are killed by Granddaddy Cain in Toni Cade Bambara's short story "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird." The first is hunted by Granddaddy for dinner, whereas the second is killed to keep it from...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2016 7:16 am UTC

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In Tony Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird," what did Granddaddy Cain do for a living?  

When Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird" begins, Granddaddy Cain appears wearing work clothes. I can see Granddaddy Cain comin through the woods in his field boots...the shiny black...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2012 3:55 pm UTC

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What is the falling action of Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"?

The term falling action refers to events in any story that occur after the climax and lead to the story's resolution. The climax in Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird" intensifies when...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2016 8:28 am UTC

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What does the hammer symbolize in this story?

Toni Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird" is a story whose subject is the exploitation of one group by another. Like the chicken hawk, the two cameramen are intrusive as they come onto the...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2011 2:05 am UTC

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What do the two men think of Granny Cain in "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird"? 

The two men, who are shooting a film ‘‘about food stamps’’ for the county move away after Granny comes outside, but they continue filming anyway as they have no respect for her wish to be left...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2016 3:10 pm UTC

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In "Blues Ain't No Mockin' Bird," what is author Toni Cade Bambara's tone?

The term tone is defined as the author's attitude toward the subject or the audience. Tone is expressed through the writer's word choices, which helps capture the way in which the writer is...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2016 9:16 am UTC

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In "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," what kind of message does Granny give the filmmakers and cameraman through her...

In "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," Granny speech directed at the filmmakers gives two clear messages. The first is that they have no permission to film her and her family and equally no permission to...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2010 6:18 am UTC

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In the conflict of "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird" which characters play active and which passive parts?

In Toni Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," for the most part, the children play the role of onlookers while the adults are given the active roles in the conflict. Although Granny tells Cathy...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2013 4:46 am UTC

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What is the cameraman's attitude toward the Cain family in "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"?

In documentary filmmaking, a cameraman holds the objective eye (the camera) of the filmmaker, providing the objective lense through which truth is seen. A cameraman can manipulate the camera so as...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2010 2:16 am UTC

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How do the children respond to the two men?

The children are intrigued and amused by the two men. However, they are also distrustful of the men's motives. In the story, the narrator and her sister, Cathy, watch as two visitors walk onto...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018 3:14 pm UTC

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In "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," how are the hawks like Camera and Smilin?

Told from the point of view of one of the black children who possesses a wry sense of humor, Toni Cade Bambara's short story "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird" provides the child's interpretations of...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2012 11:18 pm UTC

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Why might the author have chosen to describe the men as "wolf men"?

"Wolf men" is an appropriate term for the filmmaker visitors, both for the way they physically appear and for what they represent to the other characters of the story. The cameramen clearly were...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2018 10:10 am UTC

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 How does Toni Cade Bambara's short story "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird" explain Granny’s behavior?

A great deal of evidence is present in Toni Cade Bambara's short story "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird" to explain exactly why Granny is upset by the men filming her house and family with their...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2015 4:13 am UTC

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Why are the photographers filming in the area in "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird"?

The photographers appear to be filming in the area on behalf of the county for the food stamp program. In the story, two men are taking pictures of the area residents, their homes, and their...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2015 9:04 pm UTC

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Why does granddaddy become involved in the story's conflict? Why is his way of handling the conflict successful when...

Granddaddy becomes involved in the story's conflict because Granny asks him to. Because she hasn't been successful in getting the men off their property, Granny decides to enlist Granddaddy Cain's...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2018 8:34 pm UTC

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In "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," why do two men want to film Granny's family?

They claim to be making a film for the county. It would seem that the authorities want to document the true scale of poverty in the locality, and are using poor families like Granddaddy Cain's to...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2019 12:33 pm UTC

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Why is "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird" entitled what it is called?

The conflict of Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird" is a conflict of race and representation. When the men arrive on Granny's property they take the liberty of filming the house...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2010 2:29 pm UTC

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What characters play a part in this story’s conflict? Which ones are just onlookers?

There are many characters in "Blues Ain’t No Mockin Bird,” but only some of them are central to the story’s conflict, while the rest are onlookers and observers. Granny and Granddaddy are most...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2018 2:28 pm UTC

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What did the men from the county do to offend Granny in the story "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird"?

Granny is offended by the men from the county in “Blues Ain’t No Mockingbird” by Toni Cade Bambara. The first mistake the men make is filming Granny’s property without her permission. They hid in...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2016 5:58 pm UTC

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