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Youth And Innocence Essay

900 words - 4 pages

In the short story, “Gorilla, My Love”, author Toni cade Bambara tells a story about the way children scrutinize little white lies. Bambara tells the story as if a child was talking in first-point of view. At the beginning of the story one might found it difficult to believe that the end of the Hazel will reduce to tears. While unquestionably easily frightened, Hazel seems to be quite self-assured and confident. The following will reveal the fear, rebellion and love as portrayed in “Gorilla, My love”
“Gorilla, My love” provides a humorous, yet touching, look at a younger girl’s first experience with unreciprocated love. In order to master this story effectively, the author uses a ...view middle of the document...

Even as her mother will intimidate the teacher at P.S 186 who dare “to start playin the dozens behind colored folks” (Bambara 17), Hazel will deliver on her threats. When the money is not returned, she starts a fire underneath the candy store that closes the theater down for a week.
Names are very important in “Gorilla, My Love,” as is the case in many other stories in the collection. Hazel has numerous nicknames, including Scout, Bad birds, Miss Muffin, and Peaches. One learns these nicknames even before her given name “Hazel”. This dramatic choice allows the reader to understand Hazel through the way others recognize her. All these names and actions have a childish air to them, which portrayed her innocence and inexperienced that her strong voice and confidence suggest. All of these occurrences helped further relate to the story and grasp the main theme of the story which is betrayal, mainly Hazel comes to believe that adults who should have children best interests at heart, cannot in fact be trusted to tell the truth where children are perturbed, which breaks her heart when she find out that her uncle whom she believed all her life would be her beloved husband one day was a liar. Her family whom had taught her to be truthful and to hold people to their words had been lying to her all along. Bambara explores the fraught division place between adults and children’s awareness to highlight the acuteness of the children’s comprehensions of the adult world.

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