Brownies Themes

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Brownies Themes

Social Hierarchies 

A number of different social hierarchies exist in “Brownies.” There is the hierarchy in Snot’s Brownie troop, with leader Arnetta’s tyrannical decisions paving the way for the story’s climactic moment. There is also an absence of hierarchy in the adult-minor dynamic in the story, with adults often offstage or unaware of goings-on. Additionally, there is, both explicitly and implicitly, the notion of racial hierarchy, which functions as a driver for the decisions of the girls in Snot’s Brownie troop: having been marginalized and disenfranchised, the black Brownies, suddenly finding themselves in a perceived position of power, attempt and…

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