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Brown Girl Dreaming

The very fact that Jacqueline Woodson writes an entire memoir in verse speaks to her phenomenal talent as a writer. Further evidence of Jackie's talent lies in her successful endeavor to prove that...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2020 10:58 am UTC

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Jacqueline Woodson contrasts the rain in Greenville, South Carolina, to the rain in Brooklyn, New York. Mentioning the Southern rain in two poems, the poet connects them with evocative sensory...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 6:27 pm UTC

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Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson’s memoir Brown Girl Dreaming is set in the places where she grew up and where other family members continued to live after she left. Born in 1963, she spent her early years in...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 5:37 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2020 10:58 am UTC

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Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming is an autobiographical memoir by Jacqueline Woodson. There is a dedication at the front of the book which reads, "This book is for my family—past, present and future. With...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2019 10:01 am UTC

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Roman doesn't die in Brown Girl Dreaming. He does, however, get extremely ill. Roman is the youngest child of the family; his birth meant that Jacqueline was no longer the baby. However, when he...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2019 2:15 am UTC

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Jacqueline Woodson seems to be aware of change right from the start. Yes, it's Woodson looking back. But in her recollection, Woodson draws our attention to how she was born during a time of...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2020 2:01 pm UTC

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Jacqueline Woodson's memoir Brown Girl Dreaming focuses around several key issues. First, Woodson addresses the issue of broken families. When her parents separate, Woodson's mother moves her...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2021 5:27 pm UTC

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This is an example of what's called personification, which involves the attribution of human qualities and characteristics to inanimate objects. In this case, thirst—which is, of course, a...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 3:47 pm UTC

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Throughout Brown Girl Dreaming, Jaqueline Woodson writes about many members of her large, extended family. As a child, she moves several times and lives with different family groups. Jackie retains...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2020 9:17 pm UTC

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The story begins with Jaqueline's birth in Columbus, Ohio in 1963, at the height of the Civil Rights movement, at almost exactly the time Martin Luther King was giving his "I Have a Dream Speech"...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 5:47 pm UTC

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Unfortunately, there is no love lost between certain members of Jackie's family. Her parents have a rocky marriage which eventually leads to them splitting up, getting back together, and splitting...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2020 9:27 am UTC

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Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming, a fictionalized memoir by Jacqueline Woodson, shows the extreme importance of family in young Jackie’s life. The early disruption to the world as she knows it occurs through...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2021 7:37 pm UTC

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Odella's hobby is a very good one to have, especially for children: reading. Whenever Jacqueline and the others can't find Odella, they don't get in the least bit worried; they know she'll be...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 5:37 pm UTC

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The story of Brown Girl Dreaming comes to a climax and begins to reach its conclusion when it is revealed to the family that Robert, Jacqueline's uncle, has gotten into trouble and been put into...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2019 7:02 pm UTC

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Brown Girl Dreaming is an autobiographical account of Jacqueline Woodson's childhood. She writes stories of her childhood as free verse poems, using the fewest words possible to tell the story of...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2018 9:23 pm UTC

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"Coraandhersisters" are described in terms which suggests that they are spoiled, mean, careless, and infuriating. For example, they are described as "brag[ging]" about their anticipated Christmas...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 6:50 pm UTC

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I would say that in general, there was a lot of dissatisfaction going on with Jacqueline's mother. Her marriage is ruined, and she's actually moved away from her husband and taken the kids to...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2019 2:02 pm UTC

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In the poem entitled "the woodsons of ohio," Jacqueline's father's family claims to be able to "trace their history back / to Thomas Woodson of Chillicothe, said to be / the first son / of Thomas...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 4:32 pm UTC

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At the outset of the novel, Woodson constructs her own existence—her own birth—in the context of the narrative of racial injustice. Black historical figures like Rosa Parks, the Freedom Singers,...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2020 5:58 pm UTC

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Brown Girl Dreaming is an autobiographical account of Jacqueline Woodson's childhood in the 1960s. It is written as a series of poems and is divided into five different sections, arranged in...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2019 10:19 am UTC

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