In "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird," would Granny talk to the reporters if they had approached her in a different way?

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The larger issue concerned in "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird" is that of recognition of and respect for human dignity and worth. The filmmakers demonstrate they have no recognition of the humanity or individuality of Granny or her family when they list the children as one of the "nice things," along with trees, stones and a toolshed, that Granny possesses. Granny's beloved family certainly cannot be equated with trees and stones and sheds.

They further demonstrate their perception of Granny as being without humanity when they persist in addressing her as "aunty." As Granny says herself, there was no family tie between them, and "aunty" is used as a classification, a stereotyping category that denies Granny her human dignity and respect.

Since these filmmakers have no notion of Granny's humanity, worth and dignity, she would never have consented to participate in a demeaning county documentary on Food Stamps, no matter how they had approached her. Its true Granny has a temperament that brooks no foolishness, but it is important to understand that the foolishness exists apart form her intolerance of it.

renelane eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My feeling is that, no, Granny would not have talked to the reporters under any circumstances, much less to them while they are sticking a camera in their face while standing in her flowerbed.

You have to think about her personality, this is a woman who moves when people annoy her, she cannot stand to be near them so she up and moves.

It is also an understandable reaction, these people show up and want to quiz her on personal financial issues. They were not invited, and they did not ask beforehand.

 

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