How It Feels To Be Colored Me By Zora Neale Hurston

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Argument Description
In the essay “How It Feels to Be Colored Me”, author Zora Neale Hurston writes to an American audience about having maturity and self-conscious identity while being an African American during the early 1900’s through the 1920’s Harlem Renaissance. Hurston expresses and informs her audience about how she does not see herself as a color, and instead sees herself as all she is made up of on the inside. Her primary claim is that she is not “tragically colored” and she should not have a single care about how the world reminds her of how she should act about her race. Her essay chronicles her personal experiences in being an unapologetically colored woman and creates the argument that she should not ever feel self-pity for being black. She utilizes her personal anecdotes and weaves them with metaphors, analogies, and rhetorical questions in order to create an immersive experience for the reader. Furthermore, Hurston engages the reader with her slightly sarcastic, strong, and blissfully positive tone effectively creates a way with words that communicate her claims in an entertaining way.
The composition begins with Hurston describing her life as a child in the exclusively colored town of Eatonville, Florida where she enjoyed sitting on the front porch and saying friendly hellos to the white passer-bys. When she was thirteen, her mother died and she was sent to a boarding school Jacksonville, this is when she realized she was “a little colored girl”. Though she
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