Characteristics Of Negro Expression By Zora Neale Hurston

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In Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), Zora Neale Hurston quotes: “She knew now that marriage did not make love. Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman” (Hurston 104). Literature, in Hurston’s view, serves as a form of didacticism that helps readers learn life lessons. Furthermore, Hurston expresses her views of literature in her manifesto “The Characteristics of Negro Expression,” which primarily expresses her views on the function of literature. In “The Characteristics of Negro Expression,” Hurston emphasizes reasons for African-American writing. In Hurston’s view, the concept of imitation and mimicry in AfricanAmerican expression contributes to the development and evolution of the slave-master dynamic in African-American marriages
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