Blues Ain T No Mockin Bird Summary

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A man named Marlon Brando once said, “Privacy is not something that I’m merely entitled to, it’s an absolute prerequisite.” This means that privacy is essential, and all people deserve respect and privacy no matter what. In Toni Cade Bambara’s “Blues Ain’t No Mockin Bird” Granny’s privacy is invaded by a couple of cameramen. Grandaddy confronts the cameramen who invade their privacy telling them to leave. The cameramen eventually leave and give them privacy. Grandaddy was forced to confront the cameramen in order to make them leave. He should not need to ask for privacy, it should simply be given to him in the first place. The main theme that is emphasized in this short story is that everyone deserves privacy despite his/her background and…show more content…
Near the beginning of the story, right after Smilin shows up Granny begins to tell her family a story about a man who is about to commit suicide and is being filmed by news reporters: “Takin pictures of the man in his misery about to jump, cause life so bad and people been messin with him so bad. This person takin up the whole roll of film practically. But savin a few, of course” (3). The story Granny is telling is really a metaphor for the situation they are in right that minute. The main reason for the story is to relate it to the family’s privacy being violated by the camera men to the jumper’s privacy. The cameramen wouldn’t stop taking pictures waiting for him to jump while “savin a few, of course” for when he does and not caring about his extreme feelings at that time. This is a metaphor for the family’s situation because the cameramen are treating them like objects, and they aren’t caring for their feelings at all. Overall, the theme is well represented by the use of the metaphor because Granny is showing how unfair their treatment is by relating the cameraman’s belief that they can invade the family’s space to the cameraman’s belief that the man jumping is ok with him taking pictures. This reveals Granny’s belief that one’s space is a very important right that everyone should
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