Mules and Men Part II, Chapter One: Summary and Analysis

Zora Neale Hurston

Part II, Chapter One: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Mrs. Rachel Silas: a woman who Zora meets on the way to New Orleans.

Mrs. Viney White: Mrs. Silas’ neighbor.

Eulalia: a hoodoo doctor who specializes in cases involving relationships between men and women.

A few months after the events in Part I, Zora decides to head over to New Orleans, “the hoodoo capital of America.” Zora then explains how hoodoo, “or voodoo, as pronounced by the whites,” has had a long, rich history dating back to ancient times. According to Zora, as great a man as Moses was, he “would never have stood before the Burning Bush, if he had not married Jethro’s daughter.” Jethro was “a great hoodoo man” who...

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