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    In some of her early poetry, Gwendolyn Brooks wrote about the south side of Chicago-- the very place where she called her childhood home. Her first publication, A Street in Bronzeville was deeply committed to capturing the life of African Americans in their homes and communities. The famous poem “Kitchenette Building” in the book A Street in Bronzeville gained heavy recognition because of the use of powerful imagery and description of what it was like to be an African American living in the United States. Specifically, “Kitchenette Building” explores the struggle of living in a crowded community and the dream of escaping this reality through the use of symbols and powerful diction; concluding that dreams are individuals that are best left…

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    Gwendolyn Brooks's poem "kitchenette building" is really impressed me, because I found myself understanding it in a different way each time I read it, sometimes pessimistically and sometimes optimistically. Brooks uses the word "kitchenette" in the title so that the reader can have a clear idea about the size of the building and the conditions of people who live there. Brooks also uses words which have connotation to help us understand the theme and the tone of the poem. The poem is about poor…

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    Living in a “Kitchenette Building” What happens to dreams when there are ’s economic issues? In “Kitchenette Building,” by Gwendolyn Brooks, the speaker expresses how dreams are crushed by economic status. A family lives in a Kitchenette Building, with only caring for the “rent”, “feeding a wife”, and “satisfying a man”. The family has so much enough pressure with obtaining their basic needs, that they forget about the “dream” of a better life style. The speaker uses tone, symbolism, and…

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    article, who is Langston Hughes? Langston Hughes is a famous poet and was a part of the Harlem Renaissance. He spent some time living in Chicago, in 1949, he went to the University of Chicago Laboratory School for three months about poetry. 3. Both Hughes and Brookes wrote about “kitchenettes” in Bronzeville. According to the article, what is a “kitchenette”? Hughes also wrote about “restrictive contracts”. What were they and what was the effect…

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    In “Kitchenette Building”, Brooks uses visual imagery and olfactory imagery to establish and communicate the sense of hopelessness. In the first line it reads, “We are things of dry hours and the involuntary plan…”(1). Involuntary is something that one cannot control, when Brooks says involuntary she may be referring to her life as an involuntary plan, or maybe she is just referring to living in the kitchenette building as the involuntary plan. The first line establishes the mood of the poem…

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    Ernest Hemingway, an American novelist, short story writer and journalist, once said, "In order to write about life, you must first live it." The first black author to win the Pulitzer prize, Gwendolyn Brooks, is among the most distinguished African-American poets. Already in love with writing poetry, she first published her poem at the age of 13. Many of her life experiences influenced her work greatly. First of all, Gwendolyn Brooks uses important elements from her childhood and weaves them…

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    “Not with that face, I would not take you nowhere,” said the woman. “Here I am trying to get home to cook me a bite to eat and you snatch my pocketbook! Maybe, you ain’t been to your supper either, late as it be. Have you?” Ms. Jones’ can tell that Roger doesn’t have enough money to eat and hasn’t eaten in a long time so, she offers him to supper. “Eat some more, son,” she said.She knows that he probably won’t be able to eat once he leaves her house. So he must eat while he can. When she got…

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    In our world, there is a common misconception that everything is possible in the United States. For example, people often image a life with a spouse, home, and white picket fence. However, in reality, there is a huge difference between this common misconception that everyone can achieve this picture-perfect life and what life often entails for many. In fact, Gwendolyn Brooks’ “Kitchenette Building,” Langston Hughes’ “Let America Be America Again,” and William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” all…

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    While in the South, White men had fetishized Black women and as result, many White men raped Black women. But, when Black people moved to the North and could not find standard housing they were forced to live in kitchenettes. Kitchenettes were apartments split into seven smaller apartments that had “…one small gas stove and one small sink…” in the seven smaller apartments (Wright 104). It was in these conditions that the amount of young Black girls being raped and becoming pregnant sky rocketed…

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    Even though it is not mandated that everyone in a group home have their own room, Down Home Ranch policy is to have one resident to a room. There is also a full-time resident assistant that lives there and manages the facility. This is a more traditional model of care that became law with the Social Security Act of 1971. “Tom is independent and only needs a little help, and had always wanted to live alone,” said Horton. With a grant from the Hoblitzelle Foundation in Dallas and a little of…

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