How would you compare Moses, Man of the Mountain to Jonah's Gourd Vine?
- Easier to read Moses.
- Character of Moses was a better person than Jonah.
Why did so many of the Hebrews in Moses want to go back?
- People not remembering the bad parts.
- Hurston hammering on human ingratitude, characters were remembering a past that wasn't there.
- Freedom presents a different kind of hardship.
Differences between Hurston and Exodus:
- Moses chooses not to cross Jordan in Hurston's account.
- Aaron and Miriam are Moses's siblings (more definitively) in Exodus.
- Flies, as one of the plagues, different in the biblical account.
- Plagues in Moses, Man of the Mountain:
- Water into blood
- Egyptian Gods could do some of the plagues, blood, frogs and snakes. One funny moment in the book was when the priests could not make the frogs going away.
- There is a Zepho (or a Zephon) in the bible, but not a Zeppo. Is the comic character in Hurston's book based on Zeppo Marx?
- Did Hurston think of women in a negative way or was she making a humorous comment about her times and how women were perceived?
- The root of the word Miriam is the same as that for myrrh, meaning "bitter"
- Death of Miriam and Aaron: Miriam came to understand Moses and his relationship to God, where Aaron never did and their deaths reflect this.