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CORA UNASHAMED Certain prejudices pass through all perceptions of time Todays issues are arguably the same as those featured in Cora Unashamed and characters such as Cora Jessie Art Willie and Josie are still encountered today Cora Unashamed by Langston Hughes puts the issues of abortions young love materialism racism death and destiny into one novel Cora is an African American woman working for a white family She supports her parents as her siblings have all moved out of town Cora is true to herself and how she feels She fell in love with a local man and became pregnant with a little girl Josephine who is commonly referred to as Josie Josephine a gem was conceived out of love and destined to be a free spirit Josie was going to be a writer and held an ambition adults can only dream of attaining Pure angelic children such as Josie do not deserve to suffer but her death enabled Cora to love again and Jessie to gain a mother Coras employers the Studevants also have a little girl around the same age Cora cares for both children and the little girls fast became friends but tragedy soon strikes as Coras daughter dies for a mysterious and swift illness Cora gives all her love to the Studevants daughter Jessie Mrs Studevant is a mother to abhor She is excessively materialistic living up to the communitys standards in every way Mrs Studevant is attempting to live the perfect Ruoth 2 life through her daughter while covering up her past She had married lower in social class that her parents would have liked and would not have her daughter do the same with a Greek a foreigner Jessies mother was a foreigner in a sense unable to have a real relationship with her daughter The mother was one to pluck a problem from its root unfortunately her last killing her daughter Jessie The mother
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