The Veil And The Forgotten People Essay

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The Veil and the Forgotten People
In the book Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois there are many collections of themes that eventually lead to the analytical concept called “the veil”. In this book, the veil is connected to fourteen essays which mention the analytical concept at least once. For example, DuBois states that, “after the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second sight in this American world, -a world with yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world. It is a peculiar sensation, this double consciousness, this sense of always looking at one 's self through the eyes of others”. As a reoccuring theme, the veil is a figure of speech or symbol that relates to the invisibility and separation of the blacks lives who existed in America. According to Du Bois, "I have sought here to sketch, in vague, uncertain outline, the spiritual world in which ten thousand Americans live and strive” and this was because many of the black lives in America are invisible and forgotten (Souls of Black Folk Ch 1-3, 6-8).
In order to elucidate and educate Black people, Du Bois manisted the false images that whites see of Blacks in each of the following chapters of the Souls of Black Folk in order to showcase all the strives made following the reconstruction period. Du Bois also wanted to raise awareness of the lives of…

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