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Drenched in Light by Zora Neale Hurston The Harlem Renaissance, ENG3U1 – J. Skjold-Pettersen The Short Story: Form and Function Zora Neale Hurston, was not only a novelist but an anthropologist and collector of folk tales. She studied the rural areas of Florida extensively, paying close attention not only to people’s stories but also the way they spoke. Words to Know invariably —unchanging, inevitable personages —personalities loath— here, against it niceties —fine details or distinctions regalia the distinctive clothing worn and ornaments carried at formal occasions in lieu of —in place of furtively —secretly Dialect: a particular form of a language which is peculiar to a specific region or social group Hurston uses dialect and spelling for verisimilitude, the appearance of being true or real. Give a few examples of dialect from the story – especially those that may have caused confusion: 1. “Lawd a-mussy” definitely was a phrase from their dialect that causes confusion. 2. “You’re gointuh ketchit f’um yo’ haid to yo’ heels m’lady. Jes come in heah.” That phrase causes a lot of confusion as it has to be read over a rew times to fully understand what is trying to be conveyed by the grandmother. 3. A good example that displays dialect in the story is the phrase, “He bin had that house” which means, that he has had that house for a long time. 4. “He done did it” which means that he has already done the task he embarked on. 5. “He be steady preaching” which means that he has been preaching steadily, and in a consistent manner. 1. Explain the effect Hurston’s use of dialect has on the reader. Why do YOU think she chose to write it this way?

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