Literary Analysis Of Two Texts Essay

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Literary Analysis of Two Texts
Renita Redding
Instructor: Irene Robles-Huerta
ENG 125
March 21, 2015

The short story, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”, by Joyce Oates, (1966), and the poem, “What it’s Like to Be a Black Girl”, by Patricia Smith, (1991), are both about the coming of age of young girls and the conflicts that they encounter. The two pieces explore issues that most young girls have with their bodies and others during their puberty years. The literary elements that will be compared in this essay is imagery and symbolism. The main conflict in both pieces that will be explored is individual versus self. These literary elements and conflict will help us to explore the issues that these two individual young girls
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“First of all, it’s being 9 years old and feeling like you’re not finished”. It’s as though, the changes that are to come are going to be better than what’s already been. The main change she hopes is that she will be considered beautiful because unlike Connie in the first story this 9 year old girl don’t believe she’s pretty at all. So she’s hoping that, what’s to come? Is better than what’s been?
Although there are many different literary techniques used in these two pieces imagery is an element that is depicted in the both of them. Imagery is a literary technique that appeals to the senses of its readers. It gives the reader a visual of what the writer is feeling about what he or she is writing. In the poem, “What it’s Like to Be a Black Girl”, by Smith, (1991), imagery is used to display the writers feelings of being black and not necessary proud of being black, “it’s dropping food coloring in your eyes to make them blue and suffering their burn in silence”. The writer could be using the word blue as a way to depict the wanting to have beautiful blue eyes like many White women as opposed to the dark brown or black eyes that she probably possessed. Imagery is also seen in the way how the writer explains her encounter with the opposite sex. “It’s finally having a man reach out for you then caving in around his fingers”. It is having a man finally paying attention to you but not knowing that he only wants to control your body.
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