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"On Being Crazy"

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Marisa Shields

on 24 March 2014

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by: Marisa Shields "On Being Crazy" By: W.E.B. Du Bois W.E.B Du Bois "On Being Crazy" W.E.B. Du Bois Du Bois didn't have a lot of exposure to racism growing up.
He, also, didn't have much interaction with black people. "On Being Crazy" It's about a "colored man's" day. It shows the relationship between whites and blacks and how they were treated back in the day. "On Being Crazy" Growing up, Du Bois wasn't exposed to racism. In "On Being Crazy" the narrator is insulted and discriminated against, but he acts as if he doesn't know what they're talking about.

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"'Do you wish to force your company on those who do not want it?' a white man asked me.
"'No, I said, "I wish to eat.'"


The same thing happens throughout the book. No matter where they were people were going to treat each other the same way. Elements of Realism "On Being Crazy" doesn't show anybody being a hero or being extraordinary. It is just about a man's day.
Element of Realism "On Being Crazy" At the end of the story, the narrator is walking down the road and a white man sees him. The white man moves to the other side of the road, where it was muddy, and tells the colored man that he's dirty. The narrator told him so was mud. Significance It shows that whites are crazy for listening to each other and not, actually, having a reason to treat the colored folk so badly,
The blacks are crazy for trying to find an explanation.
In the end, both the white man and the black man are dirty, figuratively speaking.
The white man thinks the black man is dirty, but he is the one walking around in the mud. He was the only African-American in his high school class.
He graduated at the sixteen, from high school.
Du Bois was the first African-American to graduate Harvard with a doctorate. Their conversation is the same as the others, same questions and same answers, but it last longer. They realize in this conversation that they are going in circles and one of them must be crazy. There was no end and no resolution. Element Of Realism Got image from Google Images. Image from Google Images. Image from Google Images. Image from Google Images. Use of every day speech patterns to reveal class distinctions Emphasis on characters from cities and lower classes. Example)
"'What do you want?' the clerk at the desk asked me.
'Rest,' I told him. He scowled.
'This is a white hotel.'" Images from Google Images. Rejection of the idealized, larger-than-life hero of Romantic Literature.
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