Zora Neale Hurston: Reflection In Her Work

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Authors get their ideas on paper in many ways. They can use their imagination making up everything from thin air. They can use their past experiences or experiences that others relate to them. A better explanation about how authors end up writing what we read is best clarified by an author themselves. Ursula Le Guin an American novelist explains, “I don't believe that a writer "gets" (takes into the head) an "idea" (some sort of mental object) "from" somewhere, and then turns it into words, and writes them on paper. The stuff has to be transformed into oneself, it has to be composted, before it can grow into a story.” If that is too complicated to understand we have the help of Robertson Davis a Canadian novelist who says, “I don't get…show more content…
It didn't have to be specifically cheating; it could have been any unethical or moral act. Otis D. Slemmons also represents many people in the past and today. The economy in America had been going so well that for many the Great Depression had to be just a nightmare it could not be true. Most people at the time could not face losing most or all of their commodities they had. There was poverty everywhere that some people didn't want to recognize their own reality and tried to distort it. Slemmons had convinced everybody that he was a wealthy man, but the whole time he wasn't wearing real gold at all. Missy May’s husband makes fun of Slemmons fake reality as he explained to a store worker, “Ha Ha! He had a quarter on his tie pin and it wuz all golded up too. Tryin’ to fool people. Makin’ out he so rich and everything. Ha! Ha!...” (563). The Great Depression either made people sadly live with the reality or had people believe their own lies. Even today there are people like Slemmons, who have a "fake it till you make it" mentality telling themselves things that are not true. It is common to see people who buy things with money they don't have to impress people that they don't know. Money may be a single coin or piece of paper, but in rough times it can change people's behavior. Another work by Hurston named “Sweat” pinpointed two major cultural events in the late 1920s. The short story pin
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