Response Paper : Zora Neale Hurston

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Response Paper #2: Zora Neale Hurston Zora Neale Hurston is considered by some as a woman little worth noting and by others, as one of the most influential writers in the Harlem Renaissance era. Her whimsical and fictional novels have touched many readers and explore themes such as racism, sexism, poverty, and empowerment. In Norton’s Anthology of African American Literature, Hurston’s background sets up for her later success as an author and for the excerpt of “How it Feels to be Colored Me”. Zora grew up in an “all-colored” town called Eatonville, Florida where her father was the mayor. She experienced relative freedom as a young girl, embraced her unique individuality as everyone lovingly called her their own Zora (1041). Yet, the death of her mother and her father’s new marriage sent her to Jacksonville, Florida for school at age thirteen. This change in scenery caused Zora to experience personal racism for the first time and what it meant to be ‘colored’. Norton Anthology further describes her experiences in the emerging Harlem Renaissance and the many people who helped with, or was influenced by, her success. Her novels were highly fictional, folkloric, that explored the major themes of identity, gender roles/subjugation, and effects of poverty. Her most famous novels Mules of Men and Their Eyes were Watching God are still considered today as very important and influential pieces of literature. In 1948, Hurston was charged with ‘improper relations’ with a…

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