Dust Tracks On A Road Analysis

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Hurston’s autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road marks the popularity of her career as a writer in the Harlem Renaissance. It is an autobiography intertwined with reality, mystery, imagination, creation, humor and wisdom, celebrating Hurston’s struggle from an isolated southern child to a recognized black female writer. It is an autobiography contains a controversial work evoking both recognition and discrete criticism. Starting with the history of Eatonville, the founding of the pure Negro town, Hurston in Dust Tracks locates herself as a carefree black girl in a harmless place immune from threats of the racial segregation, then delineates her life as a wander after her mother’s death. Aside from her journey in life, the alienation of the narrator…show more content…
The skin color is no longer the target of discrimination. In Eatonville, the adequate supplies of food and space and Hurston’s father rank place Hurston in an upper class, where Hurston’s awareness to her black self has not yet awaken. Under the culture constrains, in her self-representation, Hurston has transcended the boundaries and somewhat inevitably become a white. The following paragraph shows Hurston’s father’s alerting of her being black. Hurston has depicted herself as a girl who likes to discover everything and enjoys being different from others: “I was always asking and making myself a crow in a pigeon’s nest. It was hard on my family and surroundings, and they in turn were hard on me” (Huston 25). Therefore, when her longing for a journey to the end of the world makes her daring to ask her father for a horse not’ a doll for her Christmas gift, she receives a scornful comment from her father: “A saddle horse!” Papa’ exploded. “It’s a sin and a shame! Lemme tell you something right now, my young lady; you ain’t white.” Riding horse!! Always trying to wear de big hat! I don’t know’ you got in this family nohow. You ain’t like none of de’ rest of my young’uns.” (Huston 29). The development of Huston’s awareness of her black self as she moves from one community to another. From community to community, Hurston not merely comes to know her black self, but learns
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