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Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms Summary
Gertrude Stein

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Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms Summary


Gertrude Stein/narratorappears in Objects

Gertrude Stein is the author and narrator of "Tender Buttons: Objects, Food and Rooms." In "Objects," she redefines words based on their etymology and an analysis of the syllables. She chooses words for their prosody and juxtaposes them in order to subvert common denotations. Gertrude Stein believes that the words have lost much of their expressive force and uses an unlikely combination of words to redefine each word. "Tender Buttons: Objects, Food and Rooms" can also be seen as a reworking of a patriarchal language from a feminist viewpoint. Gertrude Stein uses many puns and wordplays to allude to lesbian sexuality. She also uses color quite frequently in her writing. Gertrude Stein writes in a stream-of-consciousness style of writing that she deems word portraits, meant to convey a specific image. She often uses repetition and contrasting words to convey the image that she...

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