Zora Neale Hurston was a colored woman who was trying to discover her identity and self-dignity. Zora was a woman of optimism. Zora begins the story by stating, “I am colored, but I offer nothing in the way of extenuating circumstances, except the fact that I am the only Negro in the United States whose grandfather on the mother’s side was not an Indian chief.”(Hurston357) She can’t see herself out of her color and she’s striving to look outside of her race. She then goes on and state that,” I remember the very day that I became colored.”(Hurston 357) This paragraph gives you the outlook on how all she is reminded of is her race.
The first paragraph Zora shapes her childhood sights in her Negro town Eatonville, Florida when describing memories of her surroundings in her neighborhood while sitting on the front porch. She says,
“It is exclusively a colored town. The only white people I knew passed throughout the town going to or coming from Orlando. The native whites rode dusty horses, the Northern tourists chugged down the sandy village road in automobiles. The town knew the Southerners and never stopped cane chewing when they passed. But from behi...
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...er. Perhaps that is how the Great Stuffer of Bags filled them in the first place – who’s knows? She gives us a perspective that steps behind her pride and anyone’s pride of her color. She’s obviously gives her audience a tone of nonchalant. You notice that she isn’t directing towards whites nor in the matter of her culture. She very much so isn’t really directing her story to whites. She just addresses how it feels to be in her skin. With the last quote I mentioned and the quote that was used to end the story talks about her audience known to be anyone. She also appoints to herself because of her personal title, “How It Feels to Be Colored Me.” She brings forth her experiences of an African American to the world. She accepts that being present in it shows how far her culture labels ones ethnicity. Were all bags no matter the color? And that’s all she wrote.
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