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By Sharon L Jones

Zora Neale Hurston, one the 1st nice African-American novelists, was once a big determine within the Harlem Renaissance and an idea for destiny generations of writers. appropriate for prime institution and college-level scholars, this booklet presents info on Hurston's existence and paintings.

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A cuckolded character, Bull Sparrow symbolizes marriage, adultery and violence. Because Cock Robin disrupted his marriage, he shot him in a fit of anger; his reasoning implies that the shooting was justified because of what he did with his wife. Hurston’s depiction of Bull Sparrow can be compared to her treatment of Joe Banks in “The Gilded Six-Bits,” who is also the victim of an affair. Cock Robin Hurston also depicts Cock Robin as a bird with human traits, but Uncle July asserts that Cock Robin was a human being and not a bird.

At this time, she corresponded with Charles S. Johnson, the legendary editor of Opportunity magazine, who encouraged her to send articles to him for a writing contest for the magazine. Hurston wins her first award from that magazine in 1925. Hurston moves to New York, where she gets a position with Fannie Hurst and begins attending Barnard. She meets Franz Boas, a professor of anthropology. Boas helps her get a fellowship so that she can gather folklore. For her research, she goes to Memphis, where she VIII Back Stage and the Railroad After leaving school in Jacksonville, Hurston moves around a lot.

The story offers a look at the relationship between the black artists and their audience, which was often predominantly white and middle class. Helen’s interest in Isis as a symbol of youth and energy portrays this relationship between black culture and white American consumers. During the Harlem Renaissance, black artists frequently performed for white audiences who functioned as consumers of black culture, and Helen’s desire for Isis’s performance reflects this phenomenon. Characters Harry A minor character, he is one of the white men in the car, along with Helen and Dust Tracks on a Road 27 Sewell.

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