The ClassicNote study guide on Gorilla, My Love contains a biography of Toni Cade Bambara, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz. Gorilla, My Love. Toni Cade Bambara “Gorilla, My Love” is the story of Hazel, a young girl who feels that adults do not treat children with respect and. GORILLA, MY LOVE Source for information on Gorilla, My Love by Toni Cade Bambara, Reference Guide to Short Fiction dictionary.

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Mama has shown Hazel that an African American woman need not back down. However, he is not just waiting one day, he waits for several days. Yet, to posit subversive activity in place of contention is to repeat an error identified by Watkins: Sexuality is the theme covered in Basement. One of Bambara’s special gifts as a writer of fiction is her ability to portray with sensitivity and compassion the experiences of children from their point of view.

This is a badass collection of short stories, focused on the lives of black women in America. She thrills with the independence of buying potato chips and delights in giving “some lip” to the matron and creating enough disturbance to “turn out” the theater. She is afraid of the dark, although she tells everyone that she leaves the lights on for Baby Jason.

Bambara is a master of first person point of view and dialect–and her experiments using Black English feel effortless.

She tries to deal with Hunca Bubba adult-to-adult, but she crumbles into tears, as the bewildered Hunca Bubba protests, “for cryin out loud, Hazel, you just a little girl. By rejecting her uncle’s address “Peaches” and by reminding him of her real name Hazel, the narrator would like to request his respect for her as a full person. The narrator responds with disgust, rejecting the challenge levelled by the educated black woman who has brought them there.

Some of the stories were difficult to follow perhaps because I am unaccustomed with the language style, however overall I found the unapologetic tone incredibly inspiring.


When Hazel returns to the car trip near the end of the story, with another abrupt line “So bqmbara I am in the navigator seat”the reader still does not understand how the events are connected. Here “Vale” bespeaks the deceptive or hidden character of the person in Hazel’s perspective. This collection of stories are evocative of the world of the mid-twentieth century, which is when they were written, and, therefore, somewhat innocent, but also sometimes sassy.

Toni Cade Bambara To ask other readers questions about Gorilla, My Loveplease sign up. Hazel uses the first-person pronoun “I” throughout the story, and she does not have the capacity or the desire to share other characters’ feelings or reactions, except as she witnesses them herself.

Beautifully written, and sometimes in dialect, with vivid descriptions, apt wisdom “. Indeed, the practice is not only a method but a central thematic concern in Gorilla, My Love. Because Granddaddy has little memory, “sometime you can just plain lie to him. Her fictional character is supplemented and filled out in essential ways by these other situations which are brought in by the narrator as supporting evidence for the dishonest attitudes of adults towards children.

Slice-of-life short stories about Black communities, usually in cities in the North, between and Happy but not at all surprised to find this for sale at the Varina Public Library.

I cannot recommend it enough. All three vividly evoked situations partake of the same ingredients in the narrator’s perspective: There is tons of spirit and style, many of the stories read well.

Hunca Bubba’s announcement about his upcoming marriage and name change seems to Hazel another example of adults being unreliable. To her a promise is forever.

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Hazel provides additional examples of the necessity that one’s word be kept, but lovw slight variation creeps in. She published relatively little fiction during her career, though several of her stories, including “Gorilla, My Bamara and “The Lesson”have become standard texts for high school and college classes. I would have preferred a tighter theme unifying the collection e.


At the same mmy, readers began making new demands on literature, and asking new questions. Bambara loved laughter, and because she hoped readers would find Hazel’s bravado funny, she tossed out most of her first draft to give the story a more humorous tone. In an essay called “Salvation Is the Issue,” Bambara noted that the heart of “Gorilla, My Love” is a “broken child-adult contract,” one of those “observed violations of the Law.

Gorilla, My Love by Toni Cade Bambara

Although the marquee advertised that “Gorilla, My Love” was playing, the actual movie was about Jesus. One or two are hard for me, but the rest are just wonderful.

So I am mad. Each story appeals to raw human emotion and gives the reader just enough time to get to know the characters in each short story before moving on to the next one.

This angers Hazel, and reminds her of an Easter Sunday when she and her brothers went to the movies. The beauty is in the simplicity in Gorilla, My Love, and in each story we are presented with more questions than answers in a series of stories taking place in New York and rural North Carolina.

I’m not so sure about their mixing short stories, novellas, autobiography, and novels. A young girl suffers her first betrayal.

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Hunca Bubba’s changing role and name signal a sobering, defamiliarizing, disillusioning process for Hazel, or a forced initiation into the factual, emotionally incomprehensible values of an adult world including a first inkling of sexuality. Bambara grabs you by the throat…she dazzles, she charms.

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