10 Mar

Use of Dialect

From the opening chapter, the most strident aspect of Hurston’s narration is the thick dialect, but after deciphering the unfamiliar spellings and grammar usage, the dialogue does not disgrace her race but instead highlights the mannerisms and customs of an orally documented generation.

Instead of clinging to a single pattern of dialogue to represent all characters, Hurston has twisted and mottled each character’s language pattern to reflect realistic speech, but what makes the dialogue most believable are the frequent colloquialisms and analogies. Though discussed less frequently than the dialect, the rich narration in Their Eyes Were Watching God is incomparable.
Read more at Suite101: Their Eyes Were Watching God: Dialect, Flawed Characters and Plot Structure of Hurston’s Novel


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