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In the very center of Florida a young girl grew up in a world where blacks were leaders In the very center of the mean streets of Memphis a young boy grew up in a world of hardships desertion and struggle This girl and boy would grow up to be two of the most inspiring writers of the Harlem Renaissance Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright While Hurston wrote of the African-American experience in Their Eyes Were Watching God as being at its core an entirely human experience regardless of race or sex yet controlled by a higher power Wright in Black Boy wrote of the African-American experience as he saw it through his own eyes one of lifelong struggles having been dealt cards by God and having to play with what youve got These two very distinct and contrasting writing styles are shown in three literary devices of the authors magnum opuses settings characters and themes The setting chosen in both works are significant to the styles of the authors Hurston chose two setting rich in development of black culture Eatonville Florida the town of her childhood and Jacksonville Florida the muck These places are very susceptible to the destruction brought by hurricanes showing an underlying but constant theme of the wrath of God On the other hand in Wrights vision the setting for the characters is a result of their mistakes in life where people have made it hard on themselves with their life choices not God This place is one of the so-called projects in Memphis Tennessee also the town of Wrights childhood In each novel there is a prominent division between how the female and male characters are portrayed This too shows how much the styles of the authors contrast In Black Boy Wright displays female figures as somewhat dependent but still strong Exhibiting these traits Richards mother who has an awful time working her multiple jobs to put food on
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