Gorilla, My Love

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Barbara James
Dr Iris Johnson
English 1302
October 2, 2010
Short Story Analysis Essay: Final Draft

Gorilla, My Love
Toni Cade Bambera's brief short story "Gorilla, My Love" provides a humorous, yet touching, look at a young girl's first experience with unrequited love. One of the first things I noticed about the story is that it is told from the point of view of a child, a young girl named Hazel. In order to use this storytelling technique effectively, the author uses a series of seemingly unrelated and random incidents, similar to the way in which a child would speak, to illustrate Hazel's reaction to the news that her uncle is planning to marry.
At the beginning of the story I found it hard to believe that by the end of the story Hazel will be reduced to tears. While admittedly easily frightened, Hazel seems to be quite self-assured and confident. She has no problem telling us that she is "the smartest kids P.S. 186 ever had in its whole lifetime" or that her grandfather believes that Baby Jason would "follow me into the fiery furnace if I say come on." Given this air of bravado, her emotional reaction to the news that her beloved uncle is marrying someone else is somewhat surprising. However, after taking time to remember that Hazel is a little girl, I can better understand why she reacts as she does.
The main theme of "Gorilla, My Love," is of betryal. Specifically, Hazel comes to believe that adults, who should have children's best interests at heart, cannot in fact be trusted to tell the truth where children are concerned. In the middle section of the story, which comes first chronologically, Hazel has already learned that "Grownups figure they can treat you just anyhow. Which burns me up." She demands her money back from the theater because "I get so tired grownups messin over kids just cause they little and can't take em to court." But she does…...

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