Mules and Men Part I, Chapter Seven: Summary and Analysis

Zora Neale Hurston

Part I, Chapter Seven: Summary and Analysis

The previous story about Br’er Rabbit reminds the fishing party of other stories, and they trade several before they reach the lake. As they walk to the lake, Larkins White shows off his new gun, and a lying contest starts between Jim Allen and him. Jim Allen says that everyone should tell fewer stories and concentrate instead on fishing, but he is dismissed by the younger people in the group. Jim then responds with a story, “The Hawk and The Buzzard,” which reflects the differences between the young and the old. The levity of the fishing trip is then disturbed when Big Sweet alludes to the infidelity of her man, Jim Willard. Jim Allen tries to restore the good humor with some tales about nature and...

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