Taste of Blackberries

Literary Elements by Mrs. Searcy

Theme

A Taste of Blackberries, by Doris Buchanan Smith, is a story about friendship, loss, and grief.

Plot

The main character struggles with losing his best friend, Jamie. He progresses through emotions such as denial, guilt, anger, sadness, self-pity, and eventually realization.

Characters

Jamie-"Show off and clown"-Narrator's best friend.

Narrator-Jamie's best friend and partner is fun.

Heather-closest friend to Jamie and Narrator.

Mrs. Houser-elderly, tyrrannical neighbor. Kids are afraid of her.

Setting

The Taste of Blackberries is set in modern day suburban Washington D.C., in a close-knit community.

Conflict

The Narrator struggles with how to grieve and the stigma attached with that. He fears that if he stops hurting all of the time and starts living again, he will betray his best friend, Jamie.