Compare And Contrast Zora Neale Hurston

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Ethnic group is a settled mannerism for many people during their lives. Both Zora Neale Hurston, author of “How It Feels to Be Colored Me; and Brent Staples, author of “Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space,” realize that their life will be influenced when they are black; however, they take it in pace and don’t reside on it. They grew up in different places which make their form differently; however, in the end, It does not matter to them as they both find ways to match the different sexes and still have productivity in their lives.. Hurston was raised in Eatonville, Florida, a quiet black town with only white passer-by from time-to-time, while Staples grew up in Chester, Pennsylvania, surrounded by gang activity from the beginning. Both Hurston and Staples share similar and contrasting views about the effect of the color of their…show more content…
To me Hurston has a much more positive attitude and her outlook on life is positive and upbeat no matter what the obstacle is. Hurston feels that she is “surged upon and over swept,” when she was at Barnard, but she is still able to remain true to herself (190). That type of self-confidence is extremely rare to find. I think that if you had a chance to befriend Hurston, you would have a true friend for life. Staples, on the other hand seems a little more stand-offish. Where Hurston is more in-your-face, Staples prefers to stay in the shadows. He is very concerned with others’ feelings, and will go out of his way to make sure they are comfortable. While I applaud his selflessness, I could not do it and I feel that no person, regardless of skin color, should be forced to go out of their way every day to make others more comfortable. Overall, I learned the difficulties that black face in the world today and how it has affected these two people’s
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