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Unformatted text preview: wages. The conversational language of the narrator contributes to Yezierska's "voicing" of her life in the shirt story. By looking at certain areas, you can see an evident contrast. In the first area, all she does is give monologue about her "day after day" on at the sweatshop. In the second part, "her hands are up in the air" she says that "Dead buttons is not me"; she basically defines herself as a person who wants to experience the immigrant's "American Dream", instead of working as a laborer. She uses this contrast so you can see her world through her eyes, not just as a reader, but as her; you can then fully understand the pains of her life, it's not just working in the same back-watered town's sweatshop that hurt her, but the fact that she cannot "live", because she feels suffocated by her advantages....
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- Spring '11