Spunk

by

Zora Neale Hurston

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The Sheriff Character Analysis

After Joe’s murder, the villagers wait for the sheriff to arrive from Orlando, Florida, to arrest Spunk for his crime. It is likely that the sheriff would have been a white man, and, given the quick and ineffectual trial that follows, the sheriff represents both the authority, and the incompetence, of the American legal system.
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The Sheriff Character Timeline in Spunk

The timeline below shows where the character The Sheriff appears in Spunk. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Legal Justice vs. Moral Justice Theme Icon
A sheriff from Orlando later arrests Spunk, but after a short trial, Spunk walks free. Some time... (full context)