TWP, PG 166-171

TWP, PG 166-171 - color of her skin and what is to be...

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Kevin Pintauro January 30, 2007 P 166-171 The author, Zora Neale Hurston, sets up the scene by describing her home town in “How It Feels to Be Colored Me”. Her town is outside of Orlando and is in between the towns of others that commute back and forth to the city. She also describes the relationship between the tourists and the locals and how they both entertained each other with their differences. She talks about how she was enthusiastic to the tourists and commuters as the rode through town and often tagged along with them for part of their journey and they gave her coins like she was entertaining on the streets. Hurston also uses her first name as an abstract noun. “Zora” is used like the words “aura” and “presence”. When she moves to Jacksonville and goes to school there, she “learns” of the
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Unformatted text preview: color of her skin and what is to be colored. Not “knowing” this and growing up most of her life not knowing this didn’t allow her to know of stereotypes or racism. But when she moves, she leaves behind her “Zora” in her old town. The author describes a place that acts sort of as a “neutral zone” for people of different colors. It is a jazz cabaret where the music is blind and affects everyone the same way by “constricting the thorax and splitting the heart”. But outside of this place, she is astonished by any discrimination that she experiences rather than offended by it. She compares it to white, red, and yellow bags sitting on the store walls but when you pour out the contents it’s all the same....
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