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Unformatted text preview: Notes for Paper II 5 short stories bound together tell about a particular part of the South: the sharecroppers’ plantations of Louisiana cane country of rural LA Key Words: Voice, dialect, rural, speech, narrative, narrator, narration, viewpoint, central, theme Hearing is Believing • Overall idea is that one should have a determination to stand and fight on the ground of one’s roots, in this case one’s kinship. This was strongly demonstrated through the voice of the characters. – mulatto boy addressing uncle as being kin and not mistreated • Poet Michael Harper “History is your own heartbeat” Gaines would have liked this bc he told history of LA sharecropping through the voice and heartbeat of his characters which he attempted to make seem as non-fiction as possible • Gaines loved the sound of the LA dialect combo of English, Creole, Cajun, and Black kind of like voicing change like to her them combined in sound and voice and if hearing is as important as seeing then one can begin to visualize the change that Gaines is pushing to stimulate stand together in one’s roots, kinship, and voice • Hearing is Believing http://www.jstor.org.libproxy.lib.unc.edu/stable/pdfplus/2930686.pdf o Can talk about the complexities of writing fiction and that this whole method is important for fiction nonfiction is typically of one’s true accounts and voice o “I wish I could be paid just to sit around and tell stories, and forget the writing stuff.” o Ernest Gaines, “once I develop a character and hear his voice, I can let him tell the story.” what he feels makes his writing the strongest Gaines feels that for a writer to be free, his characters must be free and the first test of one’s freedom is their voice thus he incorporates them into being a narrator as well as a character o “In Gaines’s sense of the term, voice registers a person’s impact on the world.” o If Gaines ‘allows’ his character to be the storyteller it seems to be from that person’s perspective and seem authentic and the idea of a “writer” is taken out now the character is simply a narrator/storyteller as there would be in a traditional oral tale The voice becomes “a bridge to the individual’s inner and outer world” o Authenticity is the starting point Gaines was ‘scrupulous’ about accuracy and rightness of his characters’ speech This fictional voice becomes his literary form’s heartbeat Have to be able to put it on paper so that million people can read, feel and hear it like you did when it was authentic (experience it as the characters do) o Stories are a Compelling style for the reader because Gaines tells them through one who is a character as well as the narrator/storyteller *side note of mine*...
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2011 for the course ENGL 122 taught by Professor Bigelow during the Spring '11 term at UNC.
- Spring '11
- American Literature