Spunk

by

Zora Neale Hurston

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The Bobcat

The big, black bobcat that appears towards the end of the story, after Spunk has murdered Joe Kanty in the woods, symbolizes justice. Spunk and Lena’s first night in their new house together is…

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The Circle Saw

On one level, the circle saw—a piece of equipment at the sawmill where the men in the village work—represents the disposable nature of black lives in the South, as poor men in communities like Eatonville…

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