Analysis Of W. E. B. Dubois Souls Of Black Folk

analytical Essay
1531 words
1531 words

W.E.B. DuBois’ Souls of Black Folk There is no doubt that black culture is full of eloquent and intellectual writers. During the Reconstruction and Harlem Renaissance, many would arrive at the forefront of modern literature that would begin to unravel stereotypes and reframe the black experience of being human in every genre. But none was as sophisticated and truly committed to using every platform of writing available to him than W.E.B. Du Bois. He made it a mission in his writings to attend to what it was to be black: to be black in black skin; to be a black intellectualist versus a non-intellectualist black, to be a black living in economic, social and political deficiency and discriminatory neglect; and to be black, and viewed essentially …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how w.e.b. du bois used every platform of writing available to him to address what it was to be black in black skin, economic, social, and political deficiency and discriminatory neglect.
  • Explains that souls of black folks was meant to be a layout or format for the spiritual process of merging black and white americans. each chapter begins with spiritual which speaks to an element of black american suffering and the hope that carried them through it.
  • Analyzes how du bois gives readers a look behind the veil to become more deeply acquainted with the black american's true experience of being of the human race.
  • Analyzes how du bois devotes the latter chapters of souls of black folk to addressing intrinsically the cost of racism, discrimination and prejudice on those who must fight through them to pursue their dreams.
  • Analyzes how du bois' souls of black folk makes clear the psychological, spiritual, physical, economic, social, and political impact of the color-line.
  • Analyzes how du bois souls of black folk transcended known racial and historical limits and the shrouded color-line issue facing black americans.

Washington. Du Bois made distinct remarks towards how the differences in their upbringing impeded the sort of freedom of thought he was able to have, and showed contempt for his perceived allegiance with whites in their agreement that blacks were not equal, or as valuable to require such equality; this was evidenced in the way he limited his own endeavors in pursuit of higher education, and political and economic gains for all black people. Du Bois tomb was also formally connected with the evolution of black culture. It has been identified as a precursor of the social revolution, the inception of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P.), and a vision for how to confront and defeat the ‘color-line’ issue facing black Americans. Constructed of fourteen essays, and speech resonating of absolute idealism, Souls of Black Folk spiritually transcended known racial and historical limits, and the shrouded color-line for all who read it (Brodwin, 1972, p. …show more content…

It is Du Bois awareness of the veil that gives him the opportunity to step in and out it. He is not imprisoned and blinded by the veil, and writes not just to make black Americans aware of it, but also to give whites the opportunity to look at what they had created in erecting it, and how both races could play part in taking down the veil. The use of spirituals enforces the black Americans journey of striving for better in times of war, or the failed Reconstruction, and in the experience of living on the other side of the color-line, while trying push through it towards better times. The stories within the chapters are punctuated with beautiful and spiritual hymns, personal disclosures, facts, and psychological impacts that racism has imparted on the relationship between black and white Americans. The metaphor of the veil is impressive, and understood as a construct born of the color-line, which in turn created within the black American a double-consciousness. This condition would not allow them to see, or be themselves wholly, as the stereotypical images and beliefs of whites overshadowed them, made them invisible behind the veil. Du Bois real hope in constructing Souls of Black Folks was to give blacks a better understanding of their own nature and psychology as a result of others lack of regard for their blackness, while

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