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Brownies Literary Devices

Allusion and Doppelganger 

The names Daphne and Laurel allude to Greek mythology. In Greek mythology, Apollo falls in love with Daphne; however, Daphne does not reciprocate this love. In order to hide from Apollo, Daphne turns herself into a laurel tree. If there are moments in “Brownies” where Daphne and Laurel seem to exist as “stranger twins” to each other, as doppelgangers, by the end of the story, they merge, sharing an understanding of the confounding machinations of racism.  


In literature, a conceit is when two very different things are compared and associated, usually with the help of an extended

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