Why does granddaddy become involved in the story's conflict? Why is his way of handling the conflict successful when granny is not?

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In Toni Cade Bambara’s “Blues Ain’t No Mockingbird” Granddaddy walks into the conflict as he returns to the farm from the surrounding woods.

Granny attempts to use her sarcasm and the silent treatment on the men from the county but they continue to film. Finally, she retreats into her kitchen and the men start walking away but continue filming. Her comments reflect her seething anger but she does not represent an authority figure to the men.

When Granddaddy arrives Granny says, “Get them persons out of my flower bed, Mister Cain.” Her agitated demeanor is well known to Mr. Cain. At the same time, a hawk is buzzing the farm looking for his mate that Granddaddy killed. In a quiet show of strength, Mr. Cain aims and throws his hammer striking down the hawk. Next, he grabs the camera and quietly asks the men to get out of his wife’s flowerbed. After giving the broken camera back, the men shove off. Because of Granddaddy’s stoic, imposing strength, they get the message and back off the property trying to save the film in the camera.

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Blues Ain't No Mockingbird

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