Reviewer’s Name: Mamadou Diallo
Title of Piece: The Water Dance
Author’s Name: Ta Nehisi Coates
The author did really good with the plot of this first chapter. I don’t know how the author continues after this but the chapter itself has a clear beginning, middle, and end. It even does a good job of building up tension, then ending with the tension resolved.
What happened to the girl who was with the brother when they were in the water?
Point of View
The point of view in the story was first person, the narrator telling the events as they occurred. I liked the author’s use of this point of view because things like the annoyance the narrator felt at the sound of his brother’s voice would be difficult to show otherwise.
How would this story look from the brother’s perspective?
Setting & Context
Where exactly is this story taking place?
Voice & Style
The voice and style of this piece was entertaining for me to read. I even found certain parts of it humorous, like when the narrator brings up how his mother was the best dancer and he got none of that ability
There wasn’t really much dialogue in the story but the one time there was, when the narrator’s brother was begging for help, the significance of the dialogue was very clear to me. I liked this limited use of dialogue since it helped put more focus on the actual events occurring.
Why did the author choose to have so little dialogue?