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The three essays are examples of a literacy narrative because they all are written with the topic of reading, and they are all personal stories of their writers.  Douglass talks about his struggle of trying to learn to read.  This was particularly difficult for him because he was a slave and his owner was against his learning to.  Kingston’s writing was explaining her struggle to speak out loud and read in an American style classroom while speaking better in a Chinese style classroom.  Finally, Welty’s piece describes her passion for reading and her want for more books.  One main feature that each of these writings share is that they have dialogue, which gives you a sense of the past, present, and future.  The dialogue gives the character its own voice throughout the story.  They each also contain characters with a defined personality, such as Douglass as a wondering slave or Kingston’s young Chinese girl.  Above all, the biggest feature each of the pieces uses is a descriptive arrangement of words that allow the reader to visualize what is happening in the scene they are reading.  This allows the reader a better understanding of what is going on in the story.  These descriptions are easy to find in Kingston’s work when she describes the children of the Chinese school playing in the large room with pictures of famous Chinese men, and also in Welty’s work when she describes  her family’s bookcase and how tarnished the books have become.  These essays are great representations of literacy narratives in the world today.  They will guide many scholars in the years to come.


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