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Anticipation Imagine how it would feel to have someone of another race speak at your graduation and put your race down This is the story of Graduation written by Maya Angelou In this story we see how a young black girl awaits with great pride and anticipation her graduation day When the day finally arrives her dreams and expectations are shadowed by the speech that Mr Donleavy a white man gave to the graduating class of 1940 At the end of the story we see how the class valedictorian Henry Reed comes back with encouraging words that help the entire audience become alive and feel like they were on top again Maya Angelou used a very important literary element in this story called tone Tone is the attitude the speaker has towards themselves their subjects and their audience In this case the speaker in this story is the young black girl In the beginning of the story the black girl speaks with pride and self-confidence She thinks very highly of herself when she states I was going to be lovely A walking model of all the various styles of fine hand sewing and it didnt worry me that I was only twelve years old and merely graduating from the eighth grade The joy in her voice is felt when she stated my work alone had awarded me to a top place and I was going to be one of the first called in the graduating ceremonies No absences nor tardiness and my academic work was among the best of the year Unfortunately pride and joy were not the only tone used by the speaker In the middle of the story we see the girl angry and disappointed at the outcome of her graduation As I described in the introduction Mr Donleavy addressed her graduating class with continuous remarks about the white class He went on to say that the white kids were going to
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