ZZ Packer


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Brownies Symbols and Motifs


While Packer offers physical descriptions of characters in “Brownies,” she makes explicit mention of many of the characters’ voices in a way that provides insight into their personalities. This is particularly important in a story that focuses on race and racial prejudice,as it shifts identity away from the physical by focusing instead on how characters sound, which, in turn, draws our attention to what they say and how they say it.

Songs and Poems 

Packer uses songs and poems as a way of deviating from the standard mode of presentation of the text on the page. In doing so, she is…

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