Zora Neale Hurston

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Aleck Character Analysis

Cudjo’s eldest son. Aleck’s birth inaugurates a period of relative stability and familial happiness for Cudjo and Seely, which lasts until their children begin to die as teenagers. Aleck is the last of Cudjo’s children to die; the cause of death is never specified. In this sense, Aleck’s life encapsulates the period of fatherhood that is the most satisfying experience of Cudjo’s life.
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Aleck Character Timeline in Barracoon

The timeline below shows where the character Aleck appears in Barracoon. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9
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Cultural Relativism Theme Icon’s “too crooked” for America so he goes by Cudjo Lewis. Cudjo’s children are named Aleck, Jimmy, Poe-lee, David, Cudjo Jr., and Seely Jr. (full context)
Chapter 11
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...all the time. Only one son, Jimmy, lives at home now; Cudjo’s other remaining son, Aleck, has gotten married and built a house next door. (full context)
Chapter 12
The American Dream Theme Icon
Cultural Relativism Theme Icon
The month after that, Cudjo’s one remaining son, Aleck, dies as well. Now he’s in the same state as when he arrived in America:... (full context)