By: Paule Marshall
One woman tries to convey the “variety of voices” from West Indians and black
American Engilsh which are her heritage. She gained her knowledge through her
mother and her friens. She mentioned how listening to her mother affected her
life as to being the person that she is tody. She has become a successful
writer. (thesis) In “The Making of a Writer”, Paule Marshall demonstrates
that although she grew up in a kitchen listening to her mother and friens
talk, not being able to be heard, she learns a few things through her mother
and her friends.
(topic sentence 1) Marshall’s mother and her friends got together for a
cup of tea or cocoa and to talk a bit before heading home to their
families. They got together in their brownstone home kitchen in Brooklyn
everyday for about two hours. She and her sister would be seated doing
homework while the ladies talked endlessly. They talked about political
events and historical events like wars and the rumors that went on of wars
that took place back then. They also talked about their home in the
Caribbean and also their adopted home —- AMERICA —-.
(topic sentence 2) The rule for children in the 30’s was for them to be
seated in the corner of the room, being seen, but not heard. Marshall
wasn’t able to join in on any of her mother’s conversations. She was only
able to listen and not say a word. Marshall may not have been able to
talk much within the crowd of older folks, but she sure did learn a lot
about some events in the past and also about her heritage through
listening to her mother’s conversations as she grew up.