Liberty Through Presentation
Dark-colored stories, before the period of " The New Negro”, commonly concern themselves with slavery and personify persons of Africa descent in the united states in a dreadful and criticizing manner. Zora Hurston, in the Harlem Renaissance, paints another type of picture within a different age of what it means to live in America as an African American. Hurston shows her audience a transition in the lifestyle of African People in america going from poverty and depression into a period of pleasure and humor. In Hurston's short history " The Gilded Six-Bits”, a particular picture towards the beginning exemplifies the superb life quality of African Americans in " The New Negro” time through the use of terminology.
Hurston opens the storyline with a scene in which the two main characters playfully wrestle each other, " Missie May, take yo' hand out mah pocket! May well shouted away between laughs. Ah ain't, Joe, not lessen you gwine gimme whateve' it is good you have got in yo' pocket. Transform it go, Later on, do Ah'll tear yo' clothes”(Hurston 883). The language below contributes to the complete effect Hurston wants which is a comical, lively, and completely happy environment. Applying " yo'” instead of " your”, " mah” instead of " my”, and contractions such as " ain't” and " Ah'll” exemplify an absence of seriousness and a sense of wit between the two characters. When spoken out loud, some of these phrases sound quite funny. In the event that Hurston just said, " take your odds out of my pocket” instead of " take yo' hand out mah pocket”, it appears serious. The way Hurston uses the vernacular of the time in this key phrase gives the effect of comedy and creates an entirely different that means than if spoken normally. Furthermore, the lack of seriousness via Hurston's diction gives an impact of a happy-go-lucky or difficulty less scenario. When Missie May threatens Joe that she will rip his clothes off locates itself, maybe, a better sort of humor. Joe counters with " Carry on tear ‘em. You para one dat pushes para needles rounded heah”(Hurston 883)....
Cited: " Bedford/St. Matn 's: The Bedford Anthology of American Materials, Volume Two First Edition by Susan Belasco; Linck Johnson. " Bedford/St. Martin 's. Internet. 12 February. 2012.