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

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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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 be on her property. The second is that she has dignity and intrinsic worth. This is expressed by her refusal to be categorized as just another impersonal "aunty" with no individual identity or integrity. Granny responds to "aunty" by saying, “Your mama and I are not related.”

Granny's actions give an equally clear, and possibly dangerous, message to the filmmakers and cameraman. First, she continues with her meal preparations, which is an action that excludes the intruding filmmakers and reduces their interests in her to insignificance. Second, her non-verbal grunts and groans accompanying the motions of her continued work communicate a boiling volcano-like quality churning inside of her that may well erupt. In fact, the narrator, the other children and Granddaddy all recognize that at any moment Granny might "bust through that screen with somethin in her hand and murder on her mind” aiming in the direction of the filmmakers.

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