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Spunk

  1. 1. SpunkZora Neale HurstonMs. Ramirez-Cruz
  2. 2. Spunk Characterization• “…big as life an‟ brassy as tacks.”• “he ain‟t skeered of nothin…‟”• “…it‟s cause Spunk wants Lena….He‟d goafter anything he wanted the sameway….”• Spunk is confident, arrogant, selfish, coldand embodies the ideals of masculinity
  3. 3. Joe Characterization• “…came nervously in the door..”• “He swallowed several times painfully and his lipstrembled..”• “One could actually see the pain he wassuffering, his eyes, his face, his hands and eventhe dejected slump of his shoulders.”• “…and his Adam‟s apple was galloping up anddown his neck like a race horse.”• Joe is fearful, apparently a coward• Unable to make Lena happy – we don‟t know why
  4. 4. The Men in the Store• Elijah is really our narrator• The men are the community – theyrepresent the society• They speak in the vernacular• They make judgments aboutSpunk, Joe, and Lena• They are the conscience of the communityand discuss the “laws” and how thesecharacters have broken them
  5. 5. The Initial Confrontation• Joe makes a whiney plea – he is fearful andwith good reason• Spunk is ruthless – “Lena youse mine….letno other man git outa his place wid you!”• Spunk has complete control• Sees Lena as a possession• Lena is surprisingly outspoken – “‟Thass mahhouse…‟” – demonstrates she choses Spunk
  6. 6. The Initial Confrontation• Spunk‟s complete control is reflective of themasculine values of the time especially in thesouth• Lena‟s look of “love” demonstrates her choiceof Spunk over Joe• This could be considered astereotypical, dangerous image of women• However, she is outspoken and is willing tobreak the rules of society to be with the manshe “loves”• A great deal of “passion” in this scene
  7. 7. Spunk‟s Character Changes• Dynamic character – changes throughout thecourse of the text• Wants to marry Lena to stop folks “…talkin‟„bout her…”• “Joe done sneaked back from Hell!”• “…he claimed somebody pushed‟im”• He has become more human• He has lost his confidence and has becomefearful
  8. 8. Spunk Changes• Changes begin when he decides to marryLena• The “black bob-cat” makes his appearanceunder their bedroom at night• The “black bob-cat” is symbolic of Spunk‟sguilt• He loses his confidence and believes he ispushed to his death
  9. 9. Theme• The theme is masculinity• However what is the message?• Spunk embodies all the aspects ofmasculinity and he gets what he wants butit brings about his demise• His guilt becomes his weakness
  10. 10. Women• Lena genuinely mourns for Spunk• “The women…wondered who would beLena‟s next.”• The women know the reality• They understand Lena‟s character and thesituation of women at the time• Although she may fit one type ofstereotype she dares to follow her passion

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