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Self-Acceptance In Zora Neale Hurston

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Self- Acceptance is an important characteristic to have. Self- Acceptance is defined as being realistic about oneself and at the same time comfortable with that personal assessment. (Farlex Dictionary) Zora Neale Hurston wrote several works promoting self- acceptance. A few of many works written by Hurston are How It Feels to be Colored Me, The Glided Six Bits, Jonah’s Gourd Vine, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Color Struck. She chose characters throughout her works that were not perfect: “She did not write to “up lift her race,” either; because in her view it was already uplifted, she (like Claude McKay) was not embarrassed to present her characters as mixtures of good and bad, strong and weak. Some of the other Harlem writers thought…show more content…
By Zora Hurston being an African American female she was considered to be a double minority. Minority is a smaller number or part, especially a number that is less than half the whole number. (Oxford Dictionary) Since there were a small percentage of African Americans living in the United States, African Americas were labeled as minorities. Though Hurston is labeled a double minority she did not accept how society tried to view her as an individual through her entire race. Hurston assured her readers that she had a self-found identity and rejected sobering over the suffering of her ancestors. “Someone is always at my elbow at my elbow reminding me that I am the granddaughter of a slave. Slavery is sixty years in the past… The operation was successful and the patient is doing well, thank you. (2125) Hurston argued that she appreciates how things have changed from what her ancestors overcame, but she was not victim of slavery and has no reason to feel as if she is a…show more content…
They like to hear me “speak pieces” and sing and wanted to see me dance the parse-me-la and gave generously of their small silver for doing these things, which seemed strange to me for I wanted to do them so much that I need bribing to stop” (Hurston 2125). Hurston included in her short story The Glided Six Bits, another example of how African Americans are belittled and disrespected as an individual because of their race. “Joe got his candy and left the store. The clerk turned to the next customer. “Wish I could be like those darkies. Laughin’ all the time. Nothin’ worries `em.” (2135) No matter where a person go or how many problems they attempt to escape one individual does not have the ability to change how another person or a group of people feel about them or their race. Hurston aimed to persuade both African American men and women in her writing, while uplifting the characters in her story The Glided Six Bits. While the character Missie May had a short conversation with her husband Joe, Hurston spoke directly through Missie to her
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