Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography by Zora Neale Hurston

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Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography by Zora Neale Hurston Between Cape jasmine bushes and chinaberry trees, Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood, was a warm sweet memory illustrated in an extract of Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography. 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, but where reality is a universal cry for equality and justice. Hurston’s juxtaposition of these two environments compliments her parents’ idealistic differences when it comes to…show more content…
Imagery of flowers, blossoms, eggs and fruits are impregnated in the passage portraying growth and fertility in which Hurston flourishes as a young “sassy” girl. The repetition of the word “plenty” implements this picture of abundance and satisfaction; Mama indicates that there is “plenty of space to play in, plenty of things to play with, and plenty of us to keep each other company” indicating her purpose to keep the family united and protected under an umbrella of self-fulfillment. Mama served, in a way as Mother Nature: nurturing, teacher and even lawyer when needed. She says “all good traits and leanings come from the mother’s side” demonstrating the level of appreciation she has for her mother, and the recognition of goodness involved in her actions. Mother also insisted that her kids should “jump at de sun” of possibilities; she believed that the outside could also be a world of opportunities. She lived in a world where eggs and oranges could be used as hand grenades against the world outside the “Bermuda grass,” but treasured the foreignism of an apple and its relative the beef. These two were brought by Papa, who was the only connection with the outside world inside the family. He was much more “realistic” than Mama, but was feared by young Hurston; this is emphasized by the repetition of the word “fear” and struggling imagery such as “kill, battle, hung, blow me

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