The Kettle Bottom By Diane Gilliam Fisher

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Persona, the aspect of someone 's character that is presented to or perceived by others. So for someone to adopt a persona is them putting their self in the shoes of another character to give off a specific perspective or view. Diane Gilliam Fisher uses this effectively in the poems found in her book “Kettle Bottom”. She places herself in the positions of both the children and wives of the coal workers, as well as the immigrants who worked the coal mine. She took the stance of the company owners and operators, and even the news reporters who spoke of the rebellion that was starting to take place. She uses this technique to persuade her audience to see the wrong that was happening in the coal mines. In comparison, the cut scene from the film “Matewan” that was written and directed by John Sayles takes the view point of the actual Union members and the conflicts that went on between the workers their selves. Both, these interpretations of what was going on in the coal mines of West Virginia, gives the audience the same perspective that the owners of the coal mines were the antagonist in the story. In addition to both “Kettle Bottom” and “Matewan”, the article “The Second Civil War: Remembering the Battle at Blair Mountain,” written by Alan Grayson (SpeakOut), also takes a bias stance against the mining company owners. Grayson portrays the mining owners to be crooked and wicked people, who had no remorse for the troubled environment that their workers struggle through

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