Blackness, Colorism, and Epidermalization of Inferiority in Zora Neale Hurston’s Color Struck: A Fanonian Reading of the Play. Article (PDF Available) · January. She treats them poorly solely for the color of their skin and because it produced (according to Zora Neale Hurston: Collected Plays edited by. Color Struck. A Play in Four Scenes. Time: Twenty years ago and present. Place: .A Southern City. JOHN- A light brown-skinned The Man. EMMALINE- A Black.

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John and Emma put away their basket like the others, and sit glum.

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Sure Ah do-think Ah’d come all de way down here for nothin’? Turning back to the bed. You’se better than Emma any day in de week. Dinky’s girl turns and calls back to Effie. What makes you so jealous, nohow? She crosses and tucks the girl in securely and zorw out, looking backward and pushing the door wide open as she exits. Looks about him-shakes his head.

Ah thought you had done forgot us people in Eatonville since you been living up here in Jacksonville. People are departing, zorw, humming, with quartet cheering.

He’s in there with her-Oh, them half whites, they gets everything, they gets everything everybody else wants! If you don’t go ‘way from here!


The car is parallel to the footlights.

He strikes a match and holds it up between their faces and they look intently at each other over it until it burns out.

A cheap bed- is against the upstage wall. John and Emma are encouraged, urged on to win. The play’s title focuses on colorismthe idea that people in the black community were judged based on the hue of their skin.

You all can’t even hear your names called. Everything is going to be O. He goes over to the bed and looks down zra her face. There is a table on either side husrton with a white Man behind each.

Effie crosses to her seat. The train whistle blows, there is a slackening of speed. Emma is plagued by colorism —intra-racial racism—which causes her to be jealous of light-skinned Black people and despise her own Blackness.

Race, Language, and Twentieth-Century Literature. Throughout the play Emma is overly and self-destructively syruck with skin color.

Contact Contact Us Help. Whilst Ah’m blunderin’ round tryin’ to find one, she’ll be gettin’ worse. You gointer be happy now, Emma.

He slides neake to make room. He goes back inside. Look heah, you cake walkers-y’all oughter git up and limber up yo’ joints. Yeah- pause -who is it?

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But nobody can hold a candle to you in nothing. JOHN squeezes Emma’s hand.

Color Struck

She stands and clenches her fists. John looks forward to raising Lou Lillian as his own, and having a family. African American women and the Great Migration, and the fragmentation of characterization in Hurstonn Struck.

It’s all right tuh save the fried chicken, but pies is always et on trains.

Talkin’ ’bout me liking high-yallers-yo husband musta been pretty near white. Effie crosses to John and Emma with two pieces of pie on a plate. Augustine, Miss Lucy Taylor, Mr. Naw suh, he aint.

Color Struck by Zora Neale Hurston

You know Ah aint no school-teacher an’ nothin’ lak dat. What makes you so jealous, nohow? And Ah’ll scorch him to de platform. John and Emma go buy ice-cream.

They are still seated with their arms about each other. The hand on the seat touches her shoulder and she thrusts it away. Just look at de darkies coming!