DISCUSSION: The third paragraph shows that Ellison isn’t alone: jazz also borrows from European culture.
- Within the discipline? Jazz is music, a different discipline from writing.
- This is gobbledegook. Jazz is used as an example to strengthen the argument in favor of Ellison. The point of the paragraph wasn’t to tell us how important jazz is.
- Jazz wasn’t the source for Ellison’s novel. It’s mentioned because it also borrows from foreign themes.
- It’s true that Ellison liked jazz. But we’re not told why, or what his perspective on it was.
- CORRECT. The critics make it seem like Ellison had done something heretical, something that no African-American had ever done before. But jazz, one of the great African-American musical traditions, had done the same thing. We realize that Ellison wasn’t alone within the African-American community; other arts had borrowed from foreign influences.
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