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7 February 2008 Professor Jemey Green ENGL 3665 Informal Response 2 Jean Toomer’s short story “Box Seat” opens with a peculiar framing technique where the reader is introduced to houses personified as “shy girls” (59). This poetic device is interesting in its effect as Toomer successfully creates a scene where the streets have become alive. They seem to inhabit the block that they reside on and peer onto the passerby’s with shining eyes. The description continues with the asphalt of the street likened to the torso of a “dreaming”(59) negro. Finally, he closes his setting description with, “Dark swaying forms of Negroes are street songs that woo virginal houses”(59). In this sentence, a woman is interpreted and takes on the form of a house. This use of space is also implied in the title “Box Seat” which is further explained in the footnote, as the best seats to have for a theatre performance. Once again cueing the reader that they are to interpret space in a different context than suggested their normal associations.
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