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Katherine Novak Mrs. Miller English P5 29 February 2008 Would you say Hurston has high self-esteem? Use two examples. Parenthetically Document (10 pts, double spaced) I believe that Hurston has a high level of self-esteem. She grows up in a black community, with whites traveling through. While many would stay in their houses, Hurston decides to sit outside. When saying why, she says, "The front porch might seem a daring place for the rest of the town, but it was a gallery seat for me." (Hurston 533). She enjoyed watching the other people walking by and associating herself with them. She enjoyed the observations of other people and their cultures. Furthermore, after she left her isolated black populated town, and she goes to boarding school in the city she says, "I do not belong to the sobbing school of Negrohood who hold that nature has somehow given them a lowdown dirty deal and whose
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Unformatted text preview: feelings are all hurt by it" (Hurston 534). Hurston is proud of her origin and has enough high esteem to see past the discrimination. She believes that she was born into her culture for a reason, and wants to make the most of it. To further reinforce her beliefs she declares, "I do not weep at the world-I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife." (Hurston 533). "Someone is always. ..reminding me that I am the granddaughter of slaves. It fails to register depression with me" (534) "'I am off to a flying start and I must not hault in the stretch to look behind and weep'" (534) "At certain times I have no race, I am me" (536) "Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me....
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