Barracoon

by

Zora Neale Hurston

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Cudjo’s youngest son, named after his father. An energetic young man who chafes against the prejudice he experiences from the black and white communities surrounding Africatown, young Cudjo is prone to fighting and eventually killed in some sort of altercation with the sheriff’s deputy. His father sees the boy’s death at the hands of law enforcement as a sign of America’s pervasive racial prejudice, which prevents him from attaining security and prosperity for his family despite his hard work.

Cudjo Jr. Quotes in Barracoon

The Barracoon quotes below are all either spoken by Cudjo Jr. or refer to Cudjo Jr.. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Amistad edition of Barracoon published in 2018.
Chapter 9 Quotes

It only nine year since my girl die. Look like I still hear de bell toll for her, when it toll again for my [Cudjo]. My po’ Affican boy dat doan never see Afficky soil.

Related Characters: Kossula / Cudjo Lewis (speaker), Cudjo Jr.
Page Number: 76
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 11 Quotes

Poe-lee very mad. He say de deputy kill his baby brother. Den de train kill David. He want to do something. But I ain’ hold no malice. De Bible say not. Poe-lee say in Afficky soil it ain’ lak in de Americky. He ain’ been in de Afficky, you unnerstand me, but he hear what we tellee him and he think dat better dan where he at.

Related Characters: Kossula / Cudjo Lewis (speaker), David, Poe-lee, Cudjo Jr.
Page Number: 87
Explanation and Analysis:
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Cudjo Jr. Character Timeline in Barracoon

The timeline below shows where the character Cudjo Jr. appears in Barracoon. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9
The American Dream Theme Icon
Cultural Relativism Theme Icon
...America so he goes by Cudjo Lewis. Cudjo’s children are named Aleck, Jimmy, Poe-lee, David, Cudjo Jr ., and Seely Jr. (full context)
The American Dream Theme Icon
Nine years later, a deputy sheriff kills Cudjo Jr . Cudjo is suspicious that this man isn’t even a law enforcement officer, because he... (full context)
Slavery and Racism Theme Icon
The American Dream Theme Icon
The man who killed young Cudjo jr. is now the pastor of a church in Plateau. Cudjo tries to forgive him, but... (full context)