Professor Tanika Cain
How It Feels to Be Colored Me
“How It Feels to Be Colored Me” is an autobiography essay which was written in 1927
by the first African Americans author named Zora Neale Hurston. She is one of the most
celebrated writers in the Harlem Renaissance when racism was dominating all over the
community. Hurston grew up in a small town full of black people called Eatonville in Florida.
Luckily, she was sheltered from the cruel world of racism when she was young. In the essay, she
consider herself as “Everyone’s Zora” , but then she became a little colored girl when she moved
to Jacksonville after the dead of her mother. However, she wrote in the essay that “ But I am not
tragically colored”, and she used metaphors to express her self-pride. Based on that, she implied
her wrting purpose that you cannot define who they are just by depend on their skin.
Hurston wants to convey her message through the essay for anyone who like to read.
She is speaking not only to her own people but also to whites people. In addition, the metaphor
of the bags in different colors help her reveals the audience as anyone and everyone. If the
contents within is poured out and dumped in one big pile then how could someone tell what
belonged to whom. Those make people who they are but not distinctly different from
others. It is obvious that the audience agree with Hurston. Discrimination and slavery are very...
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belief about her place in the world. Also she uses the metaphor of the “Great Stuffer of Bags”
to represent people. Furthermore, Hurston uses complex words such as miscellany,
pigmentation, extenuating which helps her fully describe things and circumstances with her own
Hurston perfectly expresses her ideas and her positive attitudes toward her strained
relationship between race and identity with a really strong African American voice. She always
be herself and she proud of the color that she born with. Before reading this article, I never
thought that I would ever be thinking about my skin color. Even though, I am neither black nor
white, I could still understanding the full concept of Hurston work. I can feel the pain of being
discriminated and isolated whenever I read it.
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