Langston Hughes’ “Cora Unashamed” is probably one of my favorite short stories . The Ways of White Folks is probably even one of my favorite. In the short story “Cora Unashamed,” by. Langston Hughes, Cora Jenkins is a black maid for the Studevant family in Iowa. In this particular town. Summary The author Langston Hughes provides an emotional story about African-American Ma Jenkins and her eldest daughter Cora worked as servants for.

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All three of these men enjoyed her favors. The old woman ails around the house, ails and quarrels. She constantly belittles Jessie. 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.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. The minister preached her funeral.

Jessie’s mother is very blunt and harsh towards her children expecting perfection. 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.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This is how Cora and Joe part. The only Negroes in Melton, thank God! Cora Jenkins was one of the least of the citizens of Melton.


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Cora Unashamed

Posted by Dinah Freeman February 28, Cora, iron my stocking. At one point, when Cora is consoling the mistreated Jessie, Peacock has her say, “Rise up like a cloud and drift away. They never see each other again. This story was not sugar coated at all.

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: And before that—well, somebody had to help Ma look after one baby behind another that kept on coming.

Through no fault of the acting, though, the fleshed-out role of Mrs. Posted by Blacks in Period Films April 06, Melton had no charm about it.

Cora Unashamed is a movie based on the short story by Langston Hughes. There was something about the teeth in the trap of economic circumstance that kept her stoey their power practically all unashaked life—in the Studevant kitchen, cooking; in the Studevant parlor, unaehamed in the Studevant backyard, hanging clothes.


Melton was one of those miserable in-between little places, not large enough to be a town, nor small enough to be a village that is, a village in the rural, charming sense of the word.

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Notify me of new comments via email. After more flashbacks we have learnt that Joe is from California and is part of a union. Pa drives a junk wagon.

Cora has a daughter, the child of a brief love affair with a white boy passing through. Studevant remains one dimensional and adds nothing to the clearly etched and concise character in the story. And it was miles from any city at all—even Sioux City. Would die there probably. The kids were born there.

The old folks are still there now: Cora is not allowed to care unashamec Jessie until the night before Jessie dies. She had been in Melton for forty years.

But you made me feel again. Mendel Jan 1, Molly Graham, as sad little Jessie, is utterly disarming as she catches the vulnerability and the neediness of a not-so-bright child.