Dust Tracks on a Road Essay

1923 Words Nov 25th, 2013 8 Pages
Myesha Geathers
Honors American Literature
January 9th, 2013
Zora Neale Hurston autobiography Dust Tracks on a Road, sketches her own life living in Eatonville, Florida, was the first organized self-government African American community. Many people saw the African American community as racism and segregation. Hurston implies that the nicest people she met in her early stages were whites who showed her compassion. According to her official website Zora Neale Hurston, “Dust Tracks on a Road, was her account of her rise from childhood poverty in the rural south to a prominent place among the leading artists and intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance.” Many people viewed Dust Tracks on a Road, as a fantasy life she idealized
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She used to hear those words frequently and she still has pride in herself because of that. “Jump at de sun” means, we might not land on the sun, but at least we get off the ground.” According to Zora Neale Hurston digital archive, she expresses her longings to discover the outside world and feels that she "ought to walk out to the horizon and see what the end of the world was like."
Dust Tracks on a Road released in 1942, was among tension of color, rank, and gender. This book was set within an all black community known as Eatonville, Florida. It is in the response of all the uprising of tension to the reality of racism that this all- black community comes into existence. The book was broadly criticized and most say it was jam-packed of forged information. Some critics praised her honesty, accepting the simplicity and humor in her writing as evidence of black gratification; others deplored her reluctance to address ethnic quarrel and bitterness. Darlene Clark Hines also stated “How to be black without being limited by that reality; how to be woman without the constraints of womanhood; and how to remain true to both of these identities and still be an educated artist plagued Hurston all her life.”
Dust Tracks on a Road follows Hurston through an expanding world of experience and intellectual growth to Howard University. While attending Howard University, writers discovered her works and later publish some of her stories. Hurston’s autobiography and other books

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