Hurston 's Attitude Toward Her Life Essay

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Answer these questions about “How it Feels to be Colored Me”:
Look at the language of this piece: What verb does Hurston use? What do these verbs indicate about Hurston’s attitude toward her life?
-"I remember the very day that I became colored" Hurston used 'colored ' as a verb in her story. This verb indicated that she did not always think of her self as colored, she just thought of herself as a person. She never distinguished between white and black. It seems to me that she uses it more of a feeling than an actual thing. It is more of an emotion someone feels when they realize that they are different from someone else, when someone is "thrown against a sharp white background." When she focuses on verbs, she is showing that she feels like she is a colored person sometimes, but sometimes not. The times that she does not, she is simply feeling like herself.
How does Hurston characterize the town where she was born?
- She characterizes it as “the little Negro town of Eatonville, Florida.” Her town was comprised of solely African Americans. The town was so exclusively African American that “The only white people [She] knew passed through the town going to or coming from Orlando.” This clearly shows that she truly had very little contact with white people, and this must have played a big role in her belief that she became colored, she wasn 't always that way.
What is the author driving at by suggesting that she wasn 't related to "an Indian chief"?
-It seems to me that what…

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