How it Feels to be Colored Me by Hurston and Hughes’ The Negro Mother

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Zora Neale Hurston vs Langston Hughes on the African American Experience Both Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes were great writers but their attitudes towards their personal experience as an African American differed in many ways. These differences can be attributed to various reasons that range from gender to life experience but even though they had different perceptions regarding the African American experience, they both shared one common goal, racial equality through art. To accurately delve into the minds of the writers’ one must first consider authors background such as their childhood experience, education, as well their early adulthood to truly understand how it affected their writing in terms the similarities and differences of the voice and themes used with the works “How it Feels to be Colored Me” by Hurston and Hughes’ “The Negro Mother”. The importance of these factors directly correlate to how each author came to find their literary inspiration and voice that attributed to their works. In the case of Zora Neale Hurston even though she was born in Alabama on January 7, 1891 she always referred to the rural community of Eatonville, Florida where she moved with her family as a toddler as her hometown. Coincidently Eatonville was the nation’s first incorporated black township which was probably a contributing factor to Hurston’s lack of feeling of inferiority during a time in which racism was rampant. During her years growing up in Eatonville she was able to see the world from a totally different perspective than most African Americans during that period. Instead of segregation, inequality, and poverty she witnessed her elders as being productive and revered members of society. She lived a happy childhood until... ... middle of paper ... ...rst and foremost she was a proud woman. Hughes on the other hand chose to revel in his heritage, his main focus was African American history and the many tribulations associated with his race. Both had the same goal, racial equality through art but chose to go in completely different directions to achieve it. Works Cited Abcarian, Richard. Literature: the Human Experience : Reading and Writing. : Bedford/Saint Martin's, 2012. Print. Hughes, Langston. The Negro mother, and other dramatic recitations. Freeport, N.Y.: Books for Libraries Press, 1971. Print. McLeod, Laura. "Zora Neale Hurston: Overview." Feminist Writers. Ed. Pamela Kester-Shelton. Detroit: St. James Press, 1996. Literature Resource Center. Web. 18 Apr. 2014. Wasley, Aidan. "An overview of “Mother to Son”." Poetry for Students. Detroit: Gale. Literature Resource Center. Web. 18 Apr. 2014.

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