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Sulaiti 1Abdulla Al SulaitiProfessor Srimati MukherjeeEnglish 0802-034DD Month YYYYEvaluation of “Of Our Spiritual Strivings”This is a book where DuBois have taken the opportunity to share with his reader the maindangers that are associated with double-consciousness. He also brings to the light the conceptthat there is a Veil that is existing between the African America and the White America. Hence,this evaluation assesses how DuBois’s concept of “double-consciousness” started, and whether itis or not terminated in this modern age. In the first chapter of The Souls of Black Folk, “Of OurSpiritual Strivings,” DuBois examines how they're two different ways in which the African-American is perceived by themselves and by the majority population that is Caucasian-American. DuBois takes this opportunity to evaluate all the characters in the book by givingthem different traits that they deserve.In the essay “Of Our Spiritual Strivings,” DuBois opens with a question that Caucasian-Americans always euphemize, in his opinion; “How does it feel to be a problem?” Then headdresses an incident that he encountered in school with a new girl who rejected the card that hehas written for her, this moment that led DuBois to conceptualize the sense of the veil betweenthe two races where the person from the other side of the veil has a different perception of himthan himself, a “double-consciousness” from either side of this cover. “Double-consciousness”that DuBois always express as a negative term, an example of how he sees himself in a consciousdifferent than that of the Caucasian-Americans, and aware that is altered by hatred, racism and
Sulaiti 2the love of unfair superiority by the majority of Caucasian-Americans. Later on, he also puts

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