Barracoon

by

Zora Neale Hurston

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Cudjo’s Mother Character Analysis

Cudjo’s mother, whom he describes briefly but fondly. Cudjo loses track of his family during the fatal raid on his village, but in the aftermath he comes to believe that his mother has been killed. Cudjo’s mother’s death marks the first familial catastrophe of Cudjo’s life, brought on by his enslavement.
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Cudjo’s Mother Character Timeline in Barracoon

The timeline below shows where the character Cudjo’s Mother appears in Barracoon. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
Family Theme Icon
...father, who was not wealthy, had three wives. The second of the wives is Cudjo’s mother. Cudjo says modestly that he won’t ever pretend he’s the son of the first wife.... (full context)
Chapter 5
Slavery and Racism Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
...in a line with the other young villagers. He cries and calls out for his mother; he doesn’t know where she is, and he doesn’t see any of his family among... (full context)
Chapter 6
Slavery and Racism Theme Icon
Cultural Relativism Theme Icon
...mourning. Cudjo doesn’t know if he can withstand this grief; when he thinks about his mother, he feels he might die. (full context)