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Sabine Justilien AML 3270 sec 6897 Take Home Test 2 What is the purpose of comedy and humor in the works of writers like Charles Chestnutt and Zora Neale Hurston? Is this an escape from the seriousness of race conscious art, or does it serve a social and political purpose? Comedy in this setting is more of an escape from the seriousness of race conscious but has the underlying tones of social and political revolution in the works of Charles Chestnutt and Zora Neale Hurston. Traditionally, when referencing black oppression, the writer generally appeals to the wronged man in direct manner in which his rebellion to the whites is blatantly stated, not employed through satire or fanciful degrees of story telling. I think that the method this kind of storytelling utilizes soothes the consciousness of simpler African Americans who are less of a revolutionary constable in their time. Zora Neal Hurston’s Sweat is less of a comedy in it that it resigns itself to a black on black crime of sorts that ends in irony. This particularly farcifies the repetitive tale of a white supremacist that overtakes the meager slave woman and instead uses a reverse in role in which the black male of the household abuses his wife. By switching these aggressor roles, Hurston ‘relieves’ the white common man from his stigma and plays upon the black man in the turmoil of another African American life. Why did Hurston decide the plot in general? I do believe that its satirical quality is less inclined to the audience then its subtle motioning for African Americans to stop recognizing whites as the only transgressors that exist in history. She manufactures her writing as less of an appeal to whites but a device for kinfolk to indulge themselves in non- traditional black narration. Mules and Men sought more to uplift then to degrade and invoke sympathy from the audience. It reaches out and explores the lore of ancestral stories that should be committed to 1
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Sabine Justilien AML 3270 sec 6897 every black person’s memory. This social appeal resounds with the thought that ancestors ought to be remembered and that the joy of a black community will bring the joy and cultures of our past into the present. The story is humorous in a sense but not so much so that it can provide adequate satire for white forbearing on black culture. If we are commenting on humor in any sense of the word, perhaps The Passing of
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