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Peiffer 1 Writing with uncommon strength Gwendolyn Brooks createshaunting images of black America and their struggle in escaping the scathinghatred of many white Americans Her stories such as in the Ballad of RudolphReed portray courage and perseverance In those like The Boy Died in MyAlley Brooks portrays both the weakness of black America and the unfortunatelack of care spawned from oppression In The Ballad of Chocolate MabbieBrooks unveils another aspect of her skill by entering the domestic arenawith the lingering limitations imposed by prejudice These aspects suchas strength and finesse are among Brooks great attributes Worthy ofexploration Brooks powerful and haunting techniques can be separated andexplored in the above mentioned poems Each work contains a specific tacticwhich effectively promotes her ideas It is for that reason tactics mixedwith ideas which have placed Brooks among the finest poets Perhaps because of Brooks use of a stiff format TheBallad of Rudolph Reed may be her strongest work Imbuing the poem withincredible lines and description Brooks transforms Rudolph Reed who isthe character the poem is built around into a storybook hero or a tragiccharacter whose only flaw was the love he held for his family Brooks createsa strong solid character who is more than another fictional martyr buta human being The Finesse she imbued in this work from the first stylizedPeiffer 2stanza Rudolph Reed was oaken His wife was oaken too And his two girlsand his good little man Oakened as they grew 1081 1-4 Here brookssymbolic use of the word oakened coupled with the use of a rhyme schemeof the second and last sentence of every stanza causes the reader to moredeeply feel what the character and his family are going through Using theidea of a dream home Brooks stabbed to the heart of the American dream andwhere those of African descent fit into it Every person man or woman hasat one time or another dreamt of living in a beautiful homeI am not hungry for berries
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