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Stories of the Modern South by Ben Forkner
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This collection opens the reader’s eyes to a unique time period where race and gender discrimination is rich. I am currently studying feminist criticism and I found that female stereotypes, whether the story supported or discredited them, were evident in each story. I learned from reading this collection that the author has to match the words used in a story to the time period that the story takes place in. For example, in Gaines’ “The Sky is Gray,” James says the bus “go’n be coming in a few minutes. Coming round that bend down there full speed. And I’m go’n get my handkerchief and wave it down.” The word choice illustrates that the narrator does not live in present time. In conclusion, the pieces included in the collection gave an interesting peak into life in the South in the early 1900s. My favorite stories were Capote’s “Children on their Birthdays,” and Williams’ “The Yellow Bird.”

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