Reader Response 1

Reader Response 1 - Brooke Galietto September 6, 2011...

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Brooke Galietto September 6, 2011 English 142 Reader Response # 1 I would like to take this opportunity to consider the similarities and differences in the attitudes and perspectives of African American writers of the late 19 th century and those of the early 1920’s and the Harlem Renaissance. I argue that in this time period, changes occur in the way African American writers define what is noble. The Harlem Renaissance perhaps prompted this shift in definition because more and more black writers were publishing their ideas and opinions therefore a building a platform for blacks to assert their worth and equality. Paul Laurence Dunbar professes his attitude toward nobility in his 1897 poem, “We Wear the Mask”. I find this poem to be fascinating because it gives the reader a glimpse into the African American psychology and thought process. I think that a lot of African Americans of the time “wore a mask” as we discussed this in class in conjunction with Chenutt’s The Goopeherd’s Grapevine
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