Zora Neale Hurston 's Literary Analysis

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Yesenia Medina
English 1302
August 9, 2014
Professor Williams-Ferguson Zora Neale Hurston’s “Spunk” Literary Analysis

Zora Neale Hurston wrote the “Spunk” and published it in Harlem Renaissance journal in 1925. “Spunk” revolves around two main characters: Spunk Banks and Joe Kanty, who develop hatred between themselves due to a quarrel over a woman named Lena Kanty. Lena Kanty is Joe’s legitimate wife, later to be lured by Spunk Banks to abandon her legitimate husband. Spunk Banks successfully wins the love of Lena Kanty due to his heavy corporeal stature and military training. Spunk owns a .45 military hand gun, therefore, complicating attempts made by Kanty to fight for his wife. Kanty loses his life in the hands of Banks, when fighting for his wife and in the presence of his wife. Banks survives a court trial but a huge, black bob-cat in Joe’s ghost follows him afterwards in quest for vengeance for justice. Bank eventually finds his fate with a sawmill machine and succumbs to wounds sustained in this accident. Notably, both men die in the fight for a wife, where Kanty’s ghost kills Banks who previously takes the former’s life away (Hurston 105-111).
Hurston grew up in her birthplace, Eatonville, Florida where she developed interests for storytelling. The story reflects the lifestyle of people in her home place, the southern region that was characterized by masculinity, violence, injustice and illiteracy. The story exposes characteristics of the traditional
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