The Soul Of Black Folk Essay

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“The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife, — this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self.” (W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk) In Du Bois’ novel, The Soul of Black Folk, he writes about double consciousness and shows the readers that black people have known their whole lives how to manage in both “White America” and “Black America”. Double consciousness elucidates an individual 's feelings, as though one’s identity has been divided, making it difficult to have one unified identity. Du Bois introduces the awareness of being both an American and an African-American in society at the time. This novel centers around a minority who lives in a world where he understands what it’s like to be both an American and black at the same time. Zadie Smith’s White Teeth is very similar to this concept of double consciousness, as it includes not only a multicultural family going through the 1980’s and 1990’s in London, but a Bangladeshi Muslim family as well. The focal point of this book centers around a man named Archie who’s best friends with a Bangladesh Muslim, who he fought side-by-side with, and marries a black woman named Clara who turns her head away from the Jehovah’s Witness. Several of the individuals getting tremendously influenced by the circumstances of their situation living in London and being the minority, or the immigrant. An effort is made to appease the identities each character has…

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