Spunk

by

Zora Neale Hurston

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Old Jeff Kanty, Joe’s father, plays an important symbolic role in the story’s ending. He arrives at Lena’s house to attend Spunk’s funeral wake. The third person narrator reveals that Jeff would have been “afraid to come within ten feet” of Spunk just a few hours before, but now he feels powerful and formidable as he stands “triumphantly” over him. Glaring at Spunk’s dead body, Jeff imagines that “his fingers had been the teeth of steel” responsible for Spunk’s death. Through Spunk’s undignified death, it is implied that Jeff finally gets revenge for the murder of his son.

Jeff Kanty Quotes in Spunk

The Spunk quotes below are all either spoken by Jeff Kanty or refer to Jeff Kanty. 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 HarperCollins edition of Spunk published in 1996.
Spunk Quotes

Everyone in the Village was there, even old Jeff Kanty, Joe's father, who […] stood leering triumphantly down upon the fallen giant as if his fingers had been the teeth of steel that laid him low.

Related Characters: Spunk Banks, Jeff Kanty
Related Symbols: The Circle Saw
Page Number: 32
Explanation and Analysis:
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Jeff Kanty Character Timeline in Spunk

The timeline below shows where the character Jeff Kanty appears in Spunk. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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At the funeral wake, Lena grieves passionately. When Jeff Kanty arrives, he takes pleasure in imagining himself as the saw that caused Spunk’s death. Although... (full context)