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Brown Girl, Brownstones

Book 1, Chapters 1 - 3 In "A Long Day and A Long Night" we see lots of brownstone homes in the late 1930s in Brooklyn, NY. Although once owned by the white upper class of New York (in the 20s)...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2015, 6:56 pm (UTC)

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Brown Girl, Brownstones

In Brown Girl, Brownstones, Paule Marshall illustrates how the coming-of-age experience is unique for women. For example, Marshall frankly describes the physical changes that women go through...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2020, 8:42 pm (UTC)

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Brown Girl, Brownstones

The brownstone houses are significant as repositories of human history. Prior to the West Indian migration en masse to Brooklyn in the 20th century, the brownstones had been largely inhabited by...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2016, 5:39 pm (UTC)

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Brown Girl, Brownstones

Early in Paule Marshall’s novel Brown Girl, Brownstones, Deighton is delighted to learn that he has inherited form his deceased sister a plot of land or, as he refers to it, a “piece of ground,” in...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2016, 7:41 pm (UTC)

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Brown Girl, Brownstones

Throughout Brown Girl, Brownstones, Paule Marshall presents Selina's progression through the eyes of the accompanying characters. Within the text, we see Selina interact with and observe three of...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2020, 6:52 pm (UTC)

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Brown Girl, Brownstones

Much of the plot revolves around the purchase of the brownstone where the family lives. They are struggling to get the money for the purchase. Selina's father has some land that could be sold, and...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2018, 7:21 pm (UTC)

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Brown Girl, Brownstones

Brown Girl, Brownstones takes place against the backdrop of the phenomenon of White flight, when growing numbers of White families left their traditional neighborhoods to go and live in the...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2020, 10:00 am (UTC)

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Brown Girl, Brownstones

A common literary device is the use of first-person narrative to tell the author’s story, involving some fictional character reflecting and observing on that character’s life and experiences....

Latest answer posted October 9, 2014, 5:44 pm (UTC)

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Brown Girl, Brownstones

In Paule Marshall’s novel Brown Girl, Brownstones, the central characters are at war with each other. The novel’s main protagonist, Selina, is caught between her mother, a somewhat cold and...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2015, 2:55 am (UTC)

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One of the critical elements in the social context of Brown Girl, Brownstones is quite deliberate. Paule Marshall recognized the vacuum of women's voices in literature. She understood that she...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2014, 4:51 pm (UTC)

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Brown Girl, Brownstones

Brown Girl, Brownstones takes place in Brooklyn, New York. The Boyce family has immigrated to the US from Barbados in pursuit of the American dream. We can see this most clearly in Deighton, the...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2020, 6:36 pm (UTC)

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Brown Girl, Brownstones

Book 3 of Paule Marshall’s coming-of-age story set in a lower-income neighborhood in Brooklyn and featuring a girl’s transition to womanhood under trying circumstances is titled “The War,” and does...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2014, 4:25 pm (UTC)

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Brown Girl, Brownstones

So sorry that you have had trouble. I have flagged that other question; hopefully, you won't need to pay on that one. On Monday I will contact my supervisor about your second question. Now,...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2015, 1:58 am (UTC)

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Marshall is quite deliberate in switching between Barbadian and American lifestyles in the narrative offered in Brown Girl, Brownstones. Being able to switch from one lens to another represents...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2014, 5:09 pm (UTC)

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Brown Girl, Brownstones

I think Suggie sees Selina as an opportunity to help Selina discover who she is. Suggie knows how hard it is to be a black woman in a white, male-dominated society, and she sees how shy and...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2007, 9:28 am (UTC)

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