Double consciousness

He was torn in two by a decision that had to be made

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and cruelty many African Americans faced. He was torn in two by a decision that had to be made: act as you are perceived or act as you truly are. He wanted to be recognized and acknowledged for his intelligence not just some random useless “Nigger” as they labeled him through out the story. However, because of the way African Americans were perceived in these times the protagonist’s individuality would have brought him more harm then good. But as experience shows being who you are no matter what the conditions shows true character. As social creatures we all desire acknowledgement from others. Acknowledgement is what gives us hope and desire to achieve greater things, this inspires great acts of courage, strength and innovation. For the protagonist it was only natural to desire his speech to be heard as it was his pursuit of happiness. Not many African Americans had this opportunity and there was no chance he was going to allow this chance to slide. He put his personality and beliefs into This double conscious was brought upon our protagonist because of conformity. Conformity is a topic that raises much controversy This double conscious mentality was very common throughout the era of slavery where African Americans were believed to have no rights as human beings. But many learned
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to adapt, similar to the protagonist’s grandfather who learned it was easier to conform and
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  • Spring '08
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