Self Consciousness Definition

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Many believe self consciousness refers to how they can alter their image in the eyes of others, but to me self consciousness is understanding oneself, knowing your purpose in life, acknowledging your existence amongst others, as well as actions and decisions that have led you to this moment. In my opinion, definition of oneself has a lot to do with how you see yourself as an individual. In most cases one’s self image is greatly influenced by others, and or what they are taught to believe about themselves. What it means to define oneself is to pinpoint what makes you who you are as an individual with more reference to your mentality, emotions, attitude, intrinsic motivation, rather than physical appearance, and or social induced characterization. Who Are You Individually? In Zora Neale Hurston's "How It Feels to Be Colored Me" she defines herself outside of the color inspecting world she lives in. "I left Eatonville, the town of oleanders, as Zora" (659) She acknowledges her existence as the individual she is rather then as just a colored woman. Her message to her audience is that she is not her color, neither does she associate herself with all the negative feelings that come with her race, she clearly emphasizes she is more than…show more content…
Similarly Hurston suggests this by saying "But in the main, I feel like a brown bag of miscellany propped against a wall"(662) "pour the contents, and there is discovered a jumble of small things priceless and worth-less" (662). When you look at a brown bag you can only make out its color and shape you'll only know what you see until you look inside it and you may find something valuable. In her case she is saying in order to really know her you should look deeper and you'll find the quality within her. She is able to clearly define herself in that she is telling us she runs deeper than her
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