Hurston incorporated this "juice of human living" into her writing which was full of references to folk tales and other African American oral traditions, written in an approximation of the language as originally spoken. Her use of dialect is part of her expression of the specialness of being black. "Indeed she felt there was something so special about her blackness that others could benefit just by being around her. Her works, then, may be seen as manifestos of selfhood, as affirmations of blackness and the positive aspects of black life" (6).


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