Essay on The Harlem Renaissance By Zora Neale Hurston

926 Words May 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
The Harlem Renaissance is a 1920s cultural movement that led to the evolution of African-American culture, expression through art, music, literary works, and the establishment of African roots in America. Zora Neale Hurston contributed to the Harlem Renaissance with her original and enticing stories. However, Hurston’s works are notorious because they illustrate the author’s view of black women which differs from earlier literary works. How it Feels to Be Colored Me is one of Hurston’s stories that reflects the author’s perspective of the colored race. According to the story, when Hurston reached the age of thirteen and left her hometown, she truly “became colored” (1040). The main character was raised in Eatonville, Florida, which was mainly inhabited by colored people. She noted no difference between herself and the white community except that they did not dwell in her hometown. Nonetheless, upon leaving Eatonville, the protagonist began losing her identity as “Zora;” instead, she was recognized as being “a little colored girl” (1041). Hurston’s nickname “Zora” represents her individuality, whereas the moniker “a little colored girl” was created by a white society to belittle her race and gender (1041). Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God further demonstrates the author’s perspective of colored women. The main character, Janie Starks, is portrayed as an independent woman who faces the misjudgment of her community and family. After returning to her hometown…

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