ASSIGNMENT_3_SPR2010

ASSIGNMENT_3_SPR2010 - Assignment 3: ENG 0802 OHARA (6-8...

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Assignment 3: ENG 0802 O’HARA Due 4/14 (6-8 pages): SYNTHESIS OF MULTIPLE TEXTS “After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world, -- a world which yields him no true self-consciousness but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world” (132). (Italics inserted for emphasis) In this quotation, Du Bois expresses a problem at the turn of the century: that even while black people are “gifted” and offer a world of potential for American society and culture, their self-perception is often colored (quite literally) by the prevailing negative social definitions of the race. As many black people internalized a distorted view of the “Negroes”—one created by cultural institutions (media, academia, science) and norms (customs, habits, conceptions)—a “peculiar sensation” arose: what he calls “ double- consciousness , this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others” (132). Reread
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course ENG 0802 taught by Professor Harrison during the Spring '08 term at Temple.

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ASSIGNMENT_3_SPR2010 - Assignment 3: ENG 0802 OHARA (6-8...

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