The Themes Of ' Brownies ' By Zz Packer Essay

1006 Words Mar 31st, 2016 5 Pages
Theme is the underlying message, or recurring idea in a piece of writing. This paper will focus on the themes that appear in Brownies by ZZ Packer. The two themes that are focused on this paper are racial segregation and peer pressure. Racial segregation focuses on the separation of people of different races and is also a form of institutional racism. The second theme that is shown in this story is peer pressure which is the influence a member of a group has one person of the same age. The most fitting theme to this story would be racial segregation. The story is told from an African American girl in the fourth grade named Laurel’s and it is seen in her point of view. Laurel attends Woodrow Wilson along with the rest of the African American girls in her troop. The school is predominately black. There is only one white person that attends Woodrow Wilson Elementary; a boy named Dennis. Laurel states “when you lived in the south suburbs of Atlanta, it was easy to forget about whites. Whites were like those baby pigeons: real and existing, but rarely seen or thought about” (Packer 5). This tells the reader that Laurel along with her other troop members have been raised in a racially segregated area. Troop 909 is a troop full of white girls. Laurel’s lack of interaction with white people has her wondering if the Troop 909 girls “were the way all white girls appeared on TV” (Packer 7). The way that the sentence is stated makes it seem that the television is Laurel’s only…

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