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Zeal Neale Hurston: Behind the Scenes Zora Neale Hurston is an African American other from a small city in Florida, filled with wildlife and gardenias. Hurston is faced with two different perspectives of the world and uses that to help further describe her childhood to the readers. In Zora Neale Hurston’s passage Dust Tracks on a Road, she uses diction, her mother’s point of view of the world and her father’s view of the world to help illustrate her own childhood to the reader. Hurston uses specific word choice and diction to enrich the reader’s perception of her childhood. Hurston being from Florida was often around forestry and foliage however once she had moved to New York it was quite the opposite, what was bountiful is now rare and what was unusual then is now plentiful, for “there were plenty of oranges, grapefruit, tangerine, guavas and other fruits in our yard.” All these different fruits were available to her so easily and plentiful however “[she] treasured the apple… apples were something rare. They came from way up north.” She uses specific word choice by saying plenty of oranges, implying and abundance almost an unnecessarily large amount of oranges, grapefruits and other fruits however when it came to an apple, it was like a treasure to her, rare because it had come from way up north. Differentiating herself from the north made it more realistic to the reader that the apple was rare and that something from way up north like that is no doubt, hard to obtain. In Florida “[she] had oranges, tangerines and grapefruit to use as hand grenades on the neighbor’s children.” Hurston once against exemplifies her abundance of fruits excluding apples once again, so much that she could throw them at other people and not worry about dinner that day. Her word choice of hand grenades enriches the readers, much as a solider…...

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