Brownies By ZZ Packer: Literary Analysis

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Literary Analysis Essay

William Howard

The short story that I chose for my literary analysis essay is “Brownies” By ZZ Packer. This

fictional short story had a powerful meaning because it focused on how racial stereotyping can cause a

lot of problems even among young girls who were attending a Girl Scouts camp. “Brownies” also

showed how stereotyping can actually be harmful and can sometimes lead to hurtful consequences for

the person who is the victim of it and for the person is guilty of stereotyping someone. I decided to do

my analysis of this short story using the historical context element because of the long history of

problems between the Black and White races in this country according to our history books, including
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fictional short story had a powerful meaning because it focused on how racial stereotyping can cause a

lot of problems even among young girls who were attending a Girl Scouts camp. “Brownies” also

showed how stereotyping can actually be harmful and can sometimes lead to hurtful consequences for

the person who is the victim of it and for the person is guilty of stereotyping someone. I decided to do

my analysis of this short story using the historical context element because of the long history of

problems between the Black and White races in this country according to our history books, including

one terrible incident that just happened one week ago when nine innocent Black people were murdered

in a church in Charleston South Carolina by a 21 year old White racist who was guilty of stereotyping and

hating Black people. The killer accused Black men of raping White women and that Black people were

taking over the whole country. These were stereotypes that he first thought about in his head that then

led to his terrible actions. That’s why the truth about stereotyping
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