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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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email Address never made public. Molly Graham, as sad little Jessie, is utterly disarming as she catches the vulnerability and the neediness of a uashamed child. The Ways of White Folks is probably even one of my favorite short story collections.

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. Where they came from originally—that is, the old folks—God knows. Cor 20, at 2: Cora is in labor.

She reveals everything about the secret abortion in front of Jessie’s casket at the funeral. Had to stand it; or work for poorer white folks who would treat her worse; or go jobless.


And before that—well, cra had to help Ma look after one baby behind another that kept on coming. At one point, when Cora is consoling the mistreated Jessie, Peacock has her say, “Rise up like a cloud and drift away.

She has put off many of her dreams. 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.

I’m going to rewatch the scene. We don’t learn why he isn’t with Cora until the end of the film. After the abortion Jessie becomes shoet from infection. Since all the colored people of the town knew that each one of these men had been intimate with the girl, they wondered what would happen at her funeral.

Cora Unashamed

hnashamed The old folks are still there now: So I have to wonder why he isn’t there. Meredith November 7, at She had been in Melton for forty years. She worked for the Studevants, who treated her like a dog. Watch a scene from the PBS version of the story: Seven kids are gone.

I began to turn over in my mind a story that a young lawyer in California, Loren Miller, had told me. Cherry Jones, one of the finest performers in the American theater, finds all the pinched sjort in her portrait of a selfish and self-centered woman.


“Cora Unashamed” by Langston Hughes – black girl lost . . . in a book

All three men were present, but nothing happened. I enjoyed this film.

Mendel Jan 1, After more flashbacks we have learnt that Joe is from California and is part of a union. Would die there probably. But you made me feel again. Studevant tells her to leave and she seems fine with leaving, she leaves the house with a smile on her face.

All of the actors were amazing. 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 stroy and irony.

Cora was like a tree—once rooted, she stood, in spite of storms and strife, windand rocks, in the earth. The kids were born there. The Studevants thought they owned her, and they were perfectly right: