Zora Neale Hurston Writing Styles in The Eatonville Anthology

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Point of View

"The Eatonville Anthology" is an excellent example of those literary texts in which the narrative exists primarily to demonstrate forms of traditional oral narration. The work consists of fourteen parts based loosely on folktales, jokes, and the author's childhood memories. The thirteenth piece appears unfinished, whether by authorial intent or publishing error. Although each of these stories is itself a separate tale, the impression given is that the narrator is a member of the community and is conveying a running history of Eatonville. The sense that this history has been an accepted part of the town's culture for many years is also conveyed in the text. Despite this, the final narrative impression is that of a third-person, objective observer.

Structure

"The Eatonville Anthology" is broken into fourteen separate stones. Originally, an"anthology was a collection of short poems. Today an anthology consists of any collection of...

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