CORA UNASHAMED SHORT STORY PDF

Hughes depicts Cora as a resilient and hard-working woman who understands the structure of the society she lived in and follows the rules expected of her. The South established a rigid social hierarchy where black people were at the lowest echelon. Cora is one such woman who works tirelessly without complaint for a white family in the South. Evaluation: Hughes was well known for his ability to make the everyday aspects of life into larger than life stories. Cora Unashamed is no exception to this and Hughes uses his eloquent style to depict the life and struggles of a working class Black woman in the South. However, they could not be classified as boring either.

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Archive Cora Unashamed Langston Hughes brought his renowned art as a poet to the writing of prose as well, writing that is sometimes deceptively plain on the surface, but is highly focused and densely packed with image and irony.

Cora Unashamedis a masterful Hughes short story, the moving tale of Cora Jenkins, a housemaid from the only black familyin a rural Iowa town in the early 20th century. With extraordinary economy, directness, and clarity, Hughes depicts the survival of the spirit in a life of grinding poverty and servitude and in a time when racism was a standard and acceptable social attitude.

Cora has a daughter, the child of a brief love affair with a white boy passing through. The years pass and when Jessie is in high school she finds a love of her own, with attendant complications. When a great wrong is done—a wrong rooted in narrow-minded bigotry—only Cora speaks out for truth. Masterpiece Theatre is launching a new American Collection series with a two hour teleplay based on Cora Unashamed.

The essential plot line has been retained, expanded from the original story with incidents and dialogue added. Studevant Cherry Jones is given substantial screen time; her husband Michael Gaston , only mentioned in the story, and their relationship are both added elements. In the title role, Regina Taylor is ideally cast; she is an actor of both passion and subtlety, and she brings to the role of Cora, as written here, all that might be asked.

Cherry Jones, one of the finest performers in the American theater, finds all the pinched meanness in her portrait of a selfish and self-centered woman. Through no fault of the acting, though, the fleshed-out role of Mrs. Studevant remains one dimensional and adds nothing to the clearly etched and concise character in the story. Molly Graham, as sad little Jessie, is utterly disarming as she catches the vulnerability and the neediness of a not-so-bright child.

The usual high production values of Masterpiece Theatre are fully in evidence. Hughes makes sure the word "nigger," as applied to Cora, gets introduced in his second paragraph and not for a moment in the story is the gap between the races forgotten.

At one point, when Cora is consoling the mistreated Jessie, Peacock has her say, "Rise up like a cloud and drift away. She is a loving woman and her love transcends the ugliness of her experience; she is true to herself and unashamed of her loving, regardless of the unfounded disapproval of others.

Only when horribly deprived of those she loves does she cry out against a seemingly cruel God and against a cruelly unloving mother.

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Archive Cora Unashamed Langston Hughes brought his renowned art as a poet to the writing of prose as well, writing that is sometimes deceptively plain on the surface, but is highly focused and densely packed with image and irony. Cora Unashamedis a masterful Hughes short story, the moving tale of Cora Jenkins, a housemaid from the only black familyin a rural Iowa town in the early 20th century. With extraordinary economy, directness, and clarity, Hughes depicts the survival of the spirit in a life of grinding poverty and servitude and in a time when racism was a standard and acceptable social attitude. Cora has a daughter, the child of a brief love affair with a white boy passing through. The years pass and when Jessie is in high school she finds a love of her own, with attendant complications.

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Cora Unashamed is a movie based on the short story by Langston Hughes. Spoilers Following!! The film begins in Melton, Iowa. Cora is in labor. Jessie Studevant Cora is a black woman named in a small town. She has put off many of her dreams. She wanted to be a writer but had to leave to work.

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