Blues Ain T No Mockin Bird Analysis

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A theme expressed by Toni Cade Bambara in her short story “Blues Ain’t No Mockin Bird” is that invasion of privacy can create conflict as well as consequences. Bambara uses character vs character conflict to help convey this message. In the story, two cameramen barge right into an African American low to middle-class property to film them for a campaign for food stamps. They do not ask for permission to film, and they even assumed the family was on food stamps based on their color. To help express the fact that the family does not want the cameramen there, a girl in the family named Cathy alludes to the famous children's story Goldilocks, saying, “I read a story once...about this lady Goldilocks who barged into a house that wasn’t even hers.

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