Written Assignment 7

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Written assignment 7  The stories "Spunk" by Zora Neale Hurston, "The Man Who Was Almost a  Man" by Richard Wright, "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty and "The Lesson" by  Toni Cade Bambara contain extremes of voice and dialect. Dialect can reveal  some extra information about race, education and social class. According to Wikipedia, eye dialect is "the use of non-standard spellings  (spellings considered incorrect) to create the effect of a dialectal, foreign, or  uneducated speaker". Zora Neale Hurston uses eye dialect in  "Spunk" which is a story about the life of African Americans in the rural southern  United States: "Looka theah, folkses!" cried Elijah Mosley, slapping his leg  gleefully, "Theah they go, big as life an' brassy as tacks." (p. 660). When  Elijah and the other characters speak, it is in a Southern dialect inspired by  their native folklore. The narrator has a good ear for the way people speak. It  is hard to understand whether the way Elijah speaks represents a  stereotypical African American who use poor grammar, or simply an intelligent  rural Southerner- maybe Hurston decided to leave this question to the reader. 
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This note was uploaded on 01/11/2011 for the course PSTL 1371 taught by Professor Mollycollins during the Fall '08 term at Minnesota.

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