Afro- American culture and Exploration of Women Identity
M.Subasini and Dr.V.N. Manjula
Abstract
Afro American culture otherwise known as “Black culture” refers to the cultural contributions of African Americans to the America culture. The distinct identification of African-American culture is deeply embedded in the evolution of the African-American people. It is distinct in its own way and has enormously influenced American culture. Though slavery greatly restricted the ability of Americans of African descents to practice their traditional cultural practices, values and beliefs, but in due course it got diluted with white and other cultures such as that of Native Americans. This paper argues major themes of sexism, racism and Afro-American religion and their culture. Also Marriage and Marital problems constitute another theme in Zora’s selected short stories. Hurston’s, herself experienced the above mentioned issues in her marital life which made her to reflect it in all her novels. In this view, her personal experience might have influenced her unromantic portrayal of woman. Zora depicts marriage with infidelity, jealousy, violence and hatredness instead of presenting the romantic marital relationship. Marriage can be successful if the couple is committed to love, trust and respect and is able to negotiate difference. Overtly Zora Neale Hurston and her contemporaries succeeded in bringing women into the main stream of life and literature.
Introduction
Afro American culture otherwise known as “Black culture” refers to the cultural contributions of African Americans to the America culture. The distinct identification of African-American culture is deeply embedded in the evolution of the African-American people. It is distinct in its own way and has enormously influenced American culture. Though slavery greatly restricted the ability of Americans of African descents to practice their traditional cultural practices, values and beliefs, but in due course it…

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