COLOR STRUCK ZORA NEALE HURSTON PDF

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Theatre Journal Indeed, during the s, nearly a half a million African Americans left the rural south for the urban north. Hurston was a playwright and anthropologist who felt that migration, while affording some positive opportunities, was also violent and costly. She saw the results of the Great Migration as terrifying and spasmodic, unbearably inhumane and devastating to those left behind. For Hurston, rural black people were being forgotten, disappearing amidst the heady enthusiasm of the urban New Negro Movement. Hazel Carby makes the claim that Hurston wanted to represent "rural folk" and their cultural forms as measured "against an urban, mass culture.

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I found myself literally having to read most of the play out loud in order to understand and process what her characters were saying. But once I overcame the whole language barrier issue, reading the play became smooth and entertaining.

But as much as I found Colorstruck to be entertaining, I found learning about Zora Neale Hurston herself to be much more fun. Learning more about Hurston as an African American woman helped me to better understand piece together in Colorstruck. For example, Hurston, unlike other African American writers during her day, choose to write more about black society, instead of primarily focusing on white oppression.

Something that I really enjoyed about Colorstruck was the character dynamic, which I find most plays lack. Emma, for example, seems real and hardcore; Hurston does little to sugarcoat this character.

She is basically a single, African American mom working a dead-end job for an upper white class family all so she can support herself and her daughter. The only part of Colorstruck that I would name as unrealistic is when John comes along, seemingly better off and willing to marry Emma and take care of her. But overall, I would name Zora Neale Hurston one of the most brilliant writers of her time and after physically reading some of her work, its no wonder that her writing has lasted throughout the years.

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I found myself literally having to read most of the play out loud in order to understand and process what her characters were saying. But once I overcame the whole language barrier issue, reading the play became smooth and entertaining. But as much as I found Colorstruck to be entertaining, I found learning about Zora Neale Hurston herself to be much more fun. Learning more about Hurston as an African American woman helped me to better understand piece together in Colorstruck. For example, Hurston, unlike other African American writers during her day, choose to write more about black society, instead of primarily focusing on white oppression. Something that I really enjoyed about Colorstruck was the character dynamic, which I find most plays lack. Emma, for example, seems real and hardcore; Hurston does little to sugarcoat this character.

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Plot summary[ edit ] Color Struck opens on a train in , with members of the black community from Jacksonville, Florida going to a cakewalk competition in St. Emmaline made John take the last coach, because she felt he was flirting with Effie, a lighter-skinned black woman. Emma is terrified that John will leave her for a lighter-skinned woman, and is very jealous; Emma says, "I loves you so hard, John, and jealous love is the only kind I got. He accepts, though he knows it will upset Emma.

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