?Telephone Conversation? qualifies as a piece of literature because it demonstrates both a universal message and an excellence of form. The universal message is that people who have a darker skin tone had more obstacles/hardships in their lives than those who are lighter. It has an excellence of form because of the way it was written, such as manner in which certain things were omitted. It also is written in a way that I can only describe as ?rushed?. The text reads well, and doesn?t waste any time conveying its message.
Skin tone, in the 1960?s, was a major factor in many places. In ?Telephone Conversation? a man is trying to convince a woman to show him an apartment so that he may rent it. She asks him what color he is, and when he tells her, she automatically turns off (like as if there is a thick wall between her and the phone, like that blank look you see in peoples eyes when they have made up their mind and you cant change it. Then she repeatedly asks him if he is light or dark.. That is all that matters to her, and because he is dark, he doesn?t
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