Hurston and Use of Language

“Freedom found me wid a baby daughter in mah arms, so Ah said Ah’d take a broom and a cook-pot and throw up a highway through the wilderness for her. She would expound what Ah felt.”

Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006. Print.

The above passage is unique in that it depicts the way in which Hurston uses African American Vernacular English in the dialogue between the characters while also using vocabulary that would remove the possibility of creating any caricatures of the characters. She also manages to do this in the way she gives the character dialogue more depth than the narration. Though the narrator reveals much of the internal world of the characters, the character dialogue gives more insight into each of the character’s inner feelings and philosophical pondering than the narrator is able to convey.