Spunk Essay

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SpunkA Short storyWritten byZena Neale HurstonAnalysis WrittenByJacqueline BakerSummaryWritten in June of 1925, Spunk by Zora Neale Hurston portrays a man who did what he wanted to do and bullied his way around town. This story, set in a small town in Florida is about Spunk Banks, the main character, who took Joe Kanty's wife. The author depicts Spunk to be brash, condescending and literally daring Joe to take his wife back. When the writer showed Joe taking him up on that dare it resulted in his death. The author reveals in the story that there was a trial to no avail. Spunk was not punished for his wrong doing and walked free, or so some thought. Spunk was haunted by Joe in the form of animal and ghost. As a result of Spunk's fear and belief system he killed himself at work on some type of saw machine that many man dared use except for Spunk. In his dying words he stated "It was Joe, 'Lige-the dirty sneak shoved me…he didn't dare come to mah face…but Ah'll git the son-of-wood louse soon's Ah get there an' make hell too hot for him…Ah felt him shove me….!" Then he died. AnalysisTo analyze what the author's message is; one would have to question her belief system. I find that her belief system of ghosts coming back to life interesting, because it not only discussed the character, Joe coming back to life but also showed how Karma can be a part of this as well. In this story the main character Spunk Banks did what he wanted to do without any consequences and continued this way even after murdering a man.It is debatable whether or not there were any human consequences for Spunk or demons for him to confront. I found because the character Spunk believed so deeply in reincarnation or hants if you will, he believed that Joe, the man he murdered came back in the form of an animal. Later on before he died he believed Joe was a ghost haunting him from hell. Spunk also stated he was going to hell as if he knew what he did was wrong. The story depicts the belief of reincarnation, spirits and their interactions with the living. Christianity would support spirits playing roles in the lives of living (i.e. exorcism). However, currently they do not believe in reincarnation.Ancient Egypt and Greece, North and South America, India, Tibet, Japan, Australia, Africa, Russia, and many more are people who observe the religious conviction that when one passes on their spirit exists in someone else. Only 25% of the world population believes in this. Knowledge of one's previous lives, which is available to virtually everyone via hypnosis, automatically changes one's perspective. The disabled and chronically ill discover that such difficulties are usually only for a lifetime or two out of many. A macho male may discover a wimpy female or gay lifetime.The feminist may learn that last time around she was a man who thought women were scum. Gays and lesbians see they were homophobic heterosexuals in other lifetimes. African-Americans realize white...

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