Main Motive Of Zora Neale Hurston’s Essay

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In How It Feels to Be Colored Me, Zora Neale Hurston describes her feelings and experiences in the twenty’s century from the examples of her own life as colored person. I had to read her essay few times before I can understand all the metaphor’s that she used thru out her work. She starts her story with the fact that she is the only Negro that have no native Americans ancestors.

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Hurston grew up in a small solely colored town in Orange County Florida where she did not have to worry about her skin color. The only white people she has seen was the ones who passed thru the city going or coming from Orlando. No one cared for Southern whites they were closer socioeconomically to blacks because they rode dusty horses thru town, but Northern tourists were actually something else because they drove automobiles, so the only difference Hurston had seen there is the lower or upper class of people not the color.

Later in the story author moves to Jacksonville, Florida at the age of thirteen where she first saw diverse population. But she rejected to be tragically colored. She states that she doesn’t belong in the Negrohood school where the colored people feel down about the way society look at them, they hate the world and feel sorry about the fact that they black. Hurston sees herself different. She doesn’t mind being black, she proud of it. No, I do not weep at the world-I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife (Hurston 1289). She sees a big race difference when she goes to listen jazz with her white friend.

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