How It Is Colored Me By Zora Neale Hurston

747 WordsOct 5, 20163 Pages
Just Different Imagine yourself being a person wearing colorful clothes in a room filled with people wearing all black. You obviously stand out. However, every time you try to make friends , people would turn away and at you funny. Feeling alienated or alone may come to mind. Thats a feeling many can relate to Discrimnation in America has been a problem for generations.To gain insight and to combat the issue, it is imporant to read narratives of people that have been though or felt oppressed .The connection between both of these autobiographical essays is how society made them quetion their identities.. By examining “How It feels to be to be Colored Me” by Zora Neale Hurston and “How to Tame a Wild Tongue”by Gloria Anzaldua , the reader can see how the author 's’ individuality makes them strive to figure out their identity in a new environment. Both of these authors retain their confidence and their culture in a new environment in different ways The first connection that stands out in both narratives is how both women faced discrimination. Anzaldua not only faced discrimination in America but also from her own people. “If you want to be an American speak ‘American’.If you don 't like it go back to Mexico where you belong” (411). What truly makes a person American? If you are born in America that automatically makes you a citizen. Anzaldua was born in Texas. Her teacher made her stand out just because she
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