The War of the Wall Questions and Answers

The War of the Wall

Until the very end of the story, it is not clear who this "painter lady" is or why she believes she has some sort of territorial right to paint the wall on Taliaferro Street. She certainly doesn't...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2020, 1:27 am (UTC)

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The War of the Wall

In the short story "The War of the Wall" by Toni Cade Bambara, the first main character is the Narrator. It is through the Narrator's eyes that the reader is introduced to the central conflict in...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2018, 12:27 pm (UTC)

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In "The War of the Wall" by Toni Cade Bambara, Jimmy Lyons was a young man from the neighborhood where the narrator lives. He had gone off to fight in the Vietnam War and was killed. The kids had...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016, 7:56 am (UTC)

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The short story "The War of the Wall," by Toni Cade Bambara, tells of two schoolchildren, the narrator and his cousin Lou, who object to a painter composing a picture on a wall in their...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2019, 4:41 am (UTC)

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Toni Cade Bambara’s story uses a single incident to illuminate the way that community is constructed and contested. While art plays a central role in revising the narrator’s understanding of what...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020, 4:27 am (UTC)

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In "The War of the Wall," by Toni Cade Bambara, the narrator and her cousin, Lou, notice that there's a stranger from out of town attempting to paint a wall in the neighborhood. The narrator feels...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2018, 1:31 am (UTC)

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Until the very end of the story, the narrator is staunchly anti-painter-lady. After all, she says at the beginning, "It was our wall, and she had no right coming into our neighborhood painting on...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2019, 3:36 am (UTC)

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The falling action of a story comes between the climax and the conclusion. All through "The War of the Wall," the tension has been rising between the neighborhood and the seemingly snooty and...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2021, 2:24 pm (UTC)

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"The War on the Wall" is a story that revolves around the cultural conflict between the North and the South. Tensions begin to rise even when the painter's license plate reveals that she is from...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2019, 3:49 pm (UTC)

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In the short story "The War of the Wall," the painter is represented as an ambitious, determined character. She arrives in the narrator's neighborhood to paint a mural on a wall there. At first,...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2021, 1:42 pm (UTC)

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When the painter tries to order food at the restaurant, it does not go well. She does not want to eat anything that has any pork in it at all (including anything that has been cooked with the...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2019, 7:42 pm (UTC)

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Mama's attitude to the painter lady changes significantly over the course of the story. When the painter lady first goes into Mama's restaurant, she irritates Mama by asking too many questions...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2019, 12:55 am (UTC)

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Toni Cade Bambara gives a number of clues as to the period of her short story “The War of the Wall.” In the story, the reader learns about a young man from the neighborhood who did not return from...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2015, 1:47 am (UTC)

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In the story, the Morris twins bring dinner for the painter, but she responds without much enthusiasm for their act of kindness. In fact, she initially ignores the twins standing by with a jug of...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2016, 8:17 pm (UTC)

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A large majority of the first half of The War of the Wall is dedicated to establishing the painter lady as an outsider. Almost all characterizations of her make her feel like an outsider,...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2019, 10:06 am (UTC)

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In Toni Cade Bambara's story “The War of the Wall,” the narrator and her cousin Lou are furious when a big city “painter lady” comes to town and starts painting a mural on the Taliaferro Street...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2021, 7:02 pm (UTC)

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The narrator, who seems to share a common attitude with their cousin Lou, begins by showing a very proprietary stance toward a particular wall. Located on Taliaferro Street, this wall seems central...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2020, 3:08 am (UTC)

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The short story "The War of the Wall" by Toni Cade Bambara tells of two schoolchildren, Lou and the person who narrates the story, who come across a woman from out of town painting a section of a...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2019, 12:35 am (UTC)

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One theme that becomes evident through the first-person narration in "The War of the Wall" is mischaracterization, and there are several quotes that demonstrate this. When the painter arrives in...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2021, 12:11 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of the story, the narrator and his friend Lou are rather hostile to a lady who is painting a wall in their community. This lady is not from the community, and the narrator is quick...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2021, 4:09 pm (UTC)

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The painting on the wall depicts the faces of various African American heroes (such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Harriet Tubman). Then there are trailing lines, which look like vines,...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019, 3:19 am (UTC)

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In the Toni Cade Bambara story, the leaders on the wall include Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, and Fannie Lou Hamer. Harriet Tubman was a slave from Virginia who escaped and...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2018, 5:01 pm (UTC)

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“The War of the Wall” is a short story by Toni Cade Bambara. In the story, two young people are unhappy with the fact that a woman is painting on what they consider to be their wall. They are...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2020, 2:59 pm (UTC)

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The short story "The War of the Wall" by Toni Cade Bambara tells of an African-American neighborhood in a big city that is poor but very proud of its traditions and heritage. The narrator and his...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019, 3:54 am (UTC)

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The unnamed narrator and her cousin Lou want to "run the painter lady out of town" because she has been painting over what they regard as the community's wall. This wall has stood in the same place...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2019, 10:50 am (UTC)

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