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How It Feels To Be Colored Me

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Zora Neale Hurston
"How It Feels to Be Colored Me"
Author: Zora Neale Hurston
Sami Bayer

Anecdote
Extended Metaphor
Comparison between two unlike things that continues throughout a series of sentences in a paragraph.

At the end of her story the author provides an extended metaphor comparing humans and race to bags with objects. The bag color represents race, and the contents in the bag represent all things humans have in common.

"Against a wall in company with other bags, white, red and yellow" (Hurston 977).
"Pour out the contents, and there is discovered a jumble of small things priceless and worthless" (Hurston 977).
Extended Metaphor/Symbolism
She continues her extended metaphor by making each object in the bag symbolic for things in life.
Plot
"How It Feels to Be Colored Me", written by Zora Neale Hurston, depicts the author's life and perspective of being African American during the early 1900's. In the story the author describes how she grew up in the small African American town Eatonville, Florida. During her childhood she never realized the harsh realities of racism. It was not until she moved to Jacksonville did she discover the impact of race. "It seemed that I had suffered a sea of change. I was no longer Zora of Orange County any more I was now a little colored girl" (Hurston 976). However, Hurston never let the adversities of race affect her; instead, she saw her race as an advantageous challenge. "No one on earth had a greater chance for glory" (Hurston 976). Zora Hurston had such a driven personality to succeed and eloquently in the last paragraph of her short story she created an extended metaphor about racism and life.
"A first-water diamond, an empty spool, bits of broken glass, lengths of string, a key to a door long since crumbled away, a rusty knife-blade, old shoes saved for a road that never was and never will be, a nail bent under the weight of all things too heavy for any nail, a dried flower or two still a little fragrant" (Hurston 977).
The shoes are symbolic of the dreams that all people have, but never achieve.
The nail represents humans and how we all bear the weight of stress.
The flower represents the lovely memories we all have.
Setting
Eatonville, Florida
Published 1928. Depicts her life from 1903 to 1928. "Slavery is sixty years in the past" (Hurston 976). This story takes place after the abolition of slavery and reconstruction, but before the Civil Rights Movement.
A short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person
In paragraphs 2,3, and 4 she gives a small anecdote about her childhood.
Born January 7, 1903 in Eatonville, Florida
Died January 28, 1960
Degree from Barnard
Studied anthropology at Columbia
Was a successful author and won many awards.
Theme
Do not let race affect your success. "No, I do not weep at the world-I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife" (Hurston 976).
All humans have more in common than they think. (Evident in the last paragraph)
Tone
Passionate
Unapologetic
"I do not belong to the sobbing school of Negrohood who hold that nature somehow has given the, a lowdown dirty deal and whose feelings are all hurt about it" (Hurston 976).
Works Cited
"Zora Neale Hurston." Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2015. Web. 17 Feb. 2015.

"Zora Neale Hurston." Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2015. Web. 17 Feb. 2015.
Attitude of a writer toward a subject or an audience.
"Tone - Examples and Definition of Tone." Literary Devices. N.p., 12 July 2013. Web. 17 Feb. 2015.
"Tone - Examples and Definition of Tone." Literary Devices. N.p., 12 July 2013. Web. 17 Feb. 2015.
"Anecdote - Examples and Definition of Anecdote." Literary Devices. N.p., 02 Jan. 2014. Web. 17 Feb. 2015.
"Anecdote - Examples and Definition of Anecdote." Literary Devices. N.p., 02 Jan. 2014. Web. 17 Feb. 2015.
"Extended Metaphor - Examples and Definition." Literary Devices. N.p., 03 Nov. 2013. Web. 17 Feb. 2015.
"Extended Metaphor - Examples and Definition." Literary Devices. N.p., 03 Nov. 2013. Web. 17 Feb. 2015.
Hurston, Zora. "How It Feels to Be Colored Me."
The Norton Introduction to Literature
. Ed. Peter Simon. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2010. 975-977. Print.
Hurston Biography. Youtube.com. Youtube, 12 July 2011. Web. 17 Feb. 2015. <
Hurston Biography. Youtube.com. Youtube, 12 July 2011. Web. 17 Feb. 2015. <
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