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Push by Sapphire Push by Sapphire is a novel where loneliness and independence is present as in today’s society. Sapphire utilizes dialect, characterization, conflict, economic status difficulties, and setting to emphasize the extreme atmosphere in which the novel is shown. Sapphire exposes the reader to an extreme setting suffered by Precious. Push is based on some rough lives that people to have the choice not to live in. Precious is a sixteen year old girl that is barely physically developing while she gets pregnant by her own father. Everybody is in life to survive; to defeat obstacles that occur, however at the end satisfaction gets accomplished. According to the databases Facts on File in the Encyclopedia of African-American Literature and the Encyclopædia Britannica , Sapphire, also known as Ramona Lofton, was born in Fort Orr, California, US in 1950, had a rough life since she was young since both of her parents were involved in the army. She was strongly affected by her mom's alcoholism and later terrorized by her mother's and brother's death. Sapphire started with a major in dance but after a while dropped and moved to New York to finish a degree in dance. After she finished the degree she went back to Harlem and saw the rough life that girls were living. Sapphire reveals that she saw “girls who had their first babies at fourteen” (Facts on File) It is obvious that society at those times were extremely harsh for many girls since many of them got raped or abused. This can be one reason why Sapphire got influenced to write the insightful novel, Push . According to the Book Review provided by Weird Mamas , Push was set in Harlem in 1987. During that time, Sapphire recently moved back to the city where she started as a teacher and moved in a rough neighborhood where she probably got inspired from to write the book. In addition in the database Facts on File in the Encyclopedia of African-American Literature , it is
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evident through how much the author had been through in her life and how some of it she incorporates it to the novel. The life in Harlem was strongly characterized as the worst since young girls raging from twelve to sixteen years old got pregnant. That can be one factor from where Sapphire got the idea to write Push. All of Sapphire's books are based on the same subject like abusive parents and sexual identity. That is how strongly some parts of the world have been influenced to; to the point where no conscience is present in anybody. The overall setting embodies well the novel due to the dialect and other factors that intensifies the natural theme of overcoming obstacles and survival. Sapphire incorporates a strange dialect into the novel to give it an unsophisticated mood and project reality of itself. For example, when Precious is at her worst, Ms. Rain wants her to tell her what happened, Precious narrates “I don’t say nuffin’ Monday in school, Ms Rain ax me what wrong. I say, I OK…” ( Push pg. 89) The intentional unstructured use of sentence implies a
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