Hurston 's Self Discovery And Her Self Pride Essay

1121 Words May 16th, 2016 5 Pages
“How it Feels to Be Colored Me” is an amazing essay written by Zora Neale Hurston. In this descriptive essay Hurston explores her self-discovery and her self-pride. Since Hurston grew up in the all-black community of Eatonville, and was protected from racism, once she left her home community, she was introduced to a different lifestyle where the color of her skin was an ‘unfortunate’ quality to have. During her childhood, she had learned to love herself and the color of her skin, however, after she moved to New York she began to see racism for the first time. Although Hurston begins to see racism in its prominence, she is stressing to her readers through her tone, diction and use of imagery, that unlike a number of African Americans at this time, she does not mind the color of her skin and that African Americans should embrace it.
The tone in Hurston’s essay is exceedingly optimistic and sassy, which we learn has been her personality since she was a child. The optimistic atmosphere provided by the Hurston illustrates how much the author loved life, regardless of the fact that she was black. At one point during Hurston’s essay she says “But I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all”; here she means that she finds no need to hate being black, to feel saddened or disheartened only for the reason that she is black. Hurston then goes on to say; “I have seen that the world is to the strong…

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