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African-American Storytelling

This posting examines two different types of storytelling in the following works: Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God", Richard Wright's "The Ethics of Living Jim Crow, and Autobiographical Sketch" and James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues."

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Although these pieces encompass a myriad of analytical ideas, you might want to consider language and voice in your inquiry. For example, Hurston's piece brilliantly conveys dialect. You may explore that as you compare and contrast with the other selections. You might also investigate her use of figurative language, particularly metaphors. For instance, notice how she even her title radiates metaphors when Tea Cake and Janie "sat in company with the others in other shanties, their eyes straining ...

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This posting examines two different types of storytelling in the following works: Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God", Richard Wright's "The Ethics of Living Jim Crow, and Autobiographical Sketch" and James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues."

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