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.
In this excerpt, diction and point of view jump from the page to give the reader a lucid and realistic view of life "down there" in the farm, sheltered from society to protect the plentiful love, food and company of the Hurston home, compared to "way up north" where "rare" apples are abundant and gardenias are sold for a dollar Hurston represents this form of abuse through the way the husband talks to his wife and the way he treats her. Delia is a hard-working woman who is very obedient and faithful to her husband, Sykes. Through harsh words, he cuts her down about her The actual process of marriage and the presence of a special union thereafter are not spoken of with the grandeur they should be associated with, usually only being referred to for a mere one or two sentences at a time in the book. So they were married there before sundown, just like Joe had said Hurston The only references alluding to a marriage in Hurstons book are subtle and do not call
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. Emma refuses to dance the cakewalk with him, even though they are favoured to win the competition.