For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enu

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For Colored Girls who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow is Enuf: Style and Theme

Lorin Hobart
AML 2604
11-25-96
Ms. Hunt

For Colored Girls who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow is Enuf is a piece of work written by Ntozake Shange. It is written in an unusual style that is called a choreopoem. This style is very effective when done by a skilled poet such as Shange. She uses a combination of rhyming lyrics and a play like format to captivate the reader. The subject matter of her work is very powerful as well. The entire collection revolves around how black women are oppressed and their courage throughout many trials. Using the combination of a unique style and riveting content Ntozake Shange sends a message of hope
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Shange epitomizes the choreopoem style of writing. The theme of Colored Girls is mainly Shange 's view of other women of her own race. She writes of dreams that all black women had during her time. Dreams of love and of the good life were the only things that kept many women going according to Shange. Despite all of the dreams and the steps that black women took to reach them they always seemed to be shattered by some heartless lover or destroyed at the hand of the white folk. Shange writes with such passion that anyone no matter what their background can receive the message in her writing and benefit from it. "i cannot now i cannot be nice to nobody nice is such a rip-off" This exert from the book shows
Shange 's view of life and social issues after she moved to Harlem. She has obviously lost all confidence and respect for everyone around her. Throughout the book Shange continually bashes men and the way they treated women in Harlem.
She talks about the oppression that women had to endure when they gave everything that they were to a man and then that man took it all away without a second thought. Obviously there is a lot of unhealthy feelings held by black women when they can not even afford to be nice to anyone for fear of being hurt or even raped for no reason. The message or theme that Shange wants everyone, not only other black women, who reads her work to get is her description of
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