Style and Theme in "For colored girls who have considered suicide? When the Rainbow is Enuf" by Ntozake Shange

Style and Theme in For Colored Girls who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf

For Colored Girls who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow

is Enuf is a piece of work written by Ntozake Shange. It is written in an

unusual style that is called a choreopoem. This style is very effective when

done by a skilled poet such as Shange. She uses a combination of rhyming

lyrics and a play like format to captivate the reader. The subject matter of her

work is very powerful as well. The entire collection revolves around how

black women are oppressed and their courage throughout many trials. Using

the combination of a unique style and riveting content Ntozake Shange sends

a message of hope and pride to her fellow black women in her work For

Colored Girls who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow is Enuf.

First of all, Shange writes in the form a choreopoem. A choreopoem is

a piece of work that is written as a poem but is intended to be acted out on

stage sort of like an opera. It is constructed in such a way that it flows just as

well on paper as it does on stage. She either writes in all capital letters or all

lower case letters and never mixes them. This creates a style that she is

personally known for. It sets her apart from other writers and makes her work

original. None of the characters have names or any type of identity except for

the color of their clothes. When the piece is done on stage the characters are

never introduced they are just eventually recognized by the color of their

dresses. This makes it a little difficult to follow for the reader or spectator at

first but after the work is under way each individual may find they relate to a

certain color and begin to follow the specific character wearing that certain

color. This is another literary tactic that Shange uses to separate herself from

other writers. Shange writes much of her work from personal experience

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