The ClassicNote study guide on Gorilla, My Love contains a biography of Toni Cade Bambara, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz. Gorilla, My Love. Toni Cade Bambara “Gorilla, My Love” is the story of Hazel, a young girl who feels that adults do not treat children with respect and. GORILLA, MY LOVE Source for information on Gorilla, My Love by Toni Cade Bambara, Reference Guide to Short Fiction dictionary.

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Hazel provides additional examples of the necessity that one’s word be kept, but a slight variation creeps in.

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A young girl ponders a slow summer, an older women’s politicized children browbeat her for flirting at a neighborhood party, a black record label employee takes her white boyfriend to the deep south to try and record wary blues musicians. Some of them are quietly brutal, some of them are rueful and funny, all of them make me hope this collection is in print for a long long time.

The stories interrogate both black femininity and black masculinity. Always in only a few loge she is able to capture a moment or a feeling, but what’s more impressive is that while capturing that moment she’s able to imply a whole world.

Learn more ,y citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. Bambara hoped that her work would help lift up her African American readers, by presenting a positive story of a strong African American character.

They wanted to lve all about an author and the times he it was almost always “he” lived in. The narrator humorously casts doubt on the story by swearing that it is true. When Hazel crumples into tears at the end of the story, Baby Jason cries, too. Objectively speaking, what is the story’s artistic value?

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A young girl suffers her first betrayal. Overall, I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. The children go wild, “Yellin, booin, stompin and carryin on” until Thunderbuns, the sternest of the theater matrons, comes to silence them. Mar tonni, b bb bbbb bbbbbbbb rated it liked it Shelves: If I’m reading a string of mostly first-person POV vignettes, there has to be a coherent narrative thread that moves the story along; it wasn’t quite there, and three or four o This collection is a toss up Overlooked in her indignation about the name change is the fact that Hazel is not addressed by her own name but given baby names: Now, Hunca Bubba announces that he has a girlfriend, that he is ky to marry her, and that he is going to start using his real name, Jefferson Winston Vale.


Her spontaneously unfolding vernacular speech act probes and unmasks the formalized or ritualized speech acts of adults both in the printed or literate form of the film title and in the oral phrase of her uncle. It seems Bambara doesn’t The stories in this collection have a lot in common and a lot not in common.

I felt their power and grief, I was awed by their creative resourcefulness and acts of self-determination and communion.

When her grandfather and Hunca Bubba make a weak attempt to justify what has occurred “‘Look here, Precious, it was Hunca Bubba what told you them things. Readers, too, might lean on the wall, first to enjoy the performance and then to catch their breath after the exhilirating adventure of transcending familiar perspectives. Hazel remembers the year when Hunca Bubba, her uncle, changed his name; henceforth, because he is in love and plans to gorlila married, he is to be called by ba,bara real name, Jefferson Winston Vale.

When Hazel decides to confront the manager, she pictures Mama coming into Hazel’s classroom, dressed to intimidate and with her hand on her hip, telling Hazel’s teachers to treat their African American students with respect. 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.

Through these young central characters, Bambara expresses the fragility, the pain, and occasionally the promise of the experience of growing up, of coming to terms with a world that is hostile, chaotic, violent. Even though “Gorilla, My Love” does not end happily for her, the reader knows that in the long run she will be a survivor.

The photo of Hunca Bubba’s girlfriend has a theater in the background, and this reminds Hazel of how much she likes movies, which reminds her of the time she was tricked into watching King of Kings, which features a god who seems too weak to survive in Hazel’s strong family, and this bambarz her more angry, which brings her back to Hunca Bubba.

But Daddy does not expect his children to set fires when they are mistreated, so his first reaction to hearing about the theater incident is to take off his belt to punish Hazel with it. Few black writers have captured the wit and humor of black life as skillfully as Bambara. Do they mean anything?


Hazel’s feelings are nearly universal, shared by most adolescents. Hazel has demonstrated her fine sense for resenting manipulation by commenting on the disadvantages of sitting in the back of the car where the dust and the moving weight of the pecan sacks assume terrorizing proportions, and she has opted for the role of navigator, or Scout, next to the driver for that reason.

Although he promptly forgot this routine pleasantry, Hazel has remembered it.

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You have to love the little girl in the title story, if perhaps you might not want to have to be an adult dealing with her. Also in Vintage Contemporaries. She published relatively little fiction during her career, though several of her stories, including “Gorilla, My Love” and “The Lesson”have become standard texts for high school and college classes. That said, there were some stories in the collection that I feel I just couldn’t wrap my head.

It’s the sort of America we mean to have, but rarely seem to. In “Black Bambarw Bambara explains the political reasons for her interest in the language of African Americans, especially as it is used informally, on the street.

Hazel’s loss of orientation through the alleged betrayal by her uncle is vividly dramatized at the end of the text when her established role as map reader or Scout in the front seat of the car slips away olve her because her crying prevents her from reading the map.

And don’t even bambraa they sorry. Her characters—artists, singers, civil rights workers, midwives, doctors, healers, and rapists—speak rich and varied dialects, confront aspects of black life that sometimes surprise themselves, even while they live by the codes and traditions of their people, and seldom remotely fit any of the stereotypes. Moynihan’s report The Negro Family: The story sounds as though Hazel were speaking it aloud, almost breathlessly, without a pause, and the listener is not identified.

Beautifully writen, mostly first person n Goriilla i was bemoaning my inability to follow Toni Cade Bambara’s writings to a friend recently in the forms of the Salt Eaters and These Bones are Not My Childmy friend said, “No, no. It all just comes to life.