Just Like A Tree

Just Like A Tree

Stream-of-consciousness In Ernest J. Gaines Short Story, ?Just Like A Tree” ?Ernest J. Gaines, in his short story, ?Just Like a Tree,? does an extraordinary job at familiarizing his readers with each character. By using the literary technique known as stream-of-consciousness, readers are able to relate to the characters, and discover them in a more personal light. The narration of ?Just like a Tree,? shifts from one character to another. Normally, this style is confusing to some audiences. However, Gaines? use of this technique reveals certain insightful truths about each character; and evokes a rare and in-depth understanding about the circumstances in the story. Gaines approaches the story from many perspectives. Through monologues, he illuminates the feelings of the insiders: those family members and close friends directly effected by the conflict in the story, as well as the feelings of the outsiders: those obliquely effected by the conflict in the story. The discord in ?Just Like a Tree,? is centered around the reality that Aunt Fe, a well-known and highly respected woman in the community, is moving north, away from all of the loved ones who cherish her

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