Double Consciousness as Defined by Du Bois in 'The Souls of Black Folk': An Analysis

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Double consciousness as defined by Du Bois in The Souls of Black Folk: "It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity." (The Souls of Black Folk, pp.453-470) harkens to the double consciousness felt by Lae Choo in "In the land of the Free" by Sui Sin Far. Like Du Bois, Far illustrates through the personal experiences of the characters the way whites saw people of color and how they were treated as a result of it. The "color line" as mentioned in The Souls of Black Folk is something universal when it comes to white and non white interactions. Regardless of race, non whites were treated with prejudice by whites and made to suffer through hardships because of their non white status. Both sbook discuss the theme of struggle and hardship through racial difference that leads to change and reflection. Although differing in setting, protagonists, and layout, share the same kind of pain that is universal regardless of race, gender, and age. In terms of style and content, because the two books were written for different purposes they will have differences, especially in perspective since Du Bois wrote it about himself and his point of view where as Sin Sui Far wrote about a made up character. In this essay the connection between the two books will be explained along with the universal themes of "color line" and
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