How Does Zora Feels To Be Colored Me

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Zoran Neal Hurston and Paul Laurence Dunbar were both African American Literary writers.The writings of each author reflected their views of life and the world through their eyes. Zora was born in 1891 and died in 1960. Paul was born in 1872 and died in 1906. Each writer’s life covered a different era. Differences exist in how each writer portrayed their freedom In Zora’s piece “How it Feels to Be Colored Me”, she regards her life as being freer than her white contemporaries. She embraces the fact that she is a person first, who just happened to be born black. Others notice her blackness and make it an issue. Although Zora came into the world as a granddaughter of slaves, she affirms that her ancestry shall not be used as a stumbling block or a weight against her shoulders. Zora points out slavery was 60 years prior, and didn’t see a need to it bring into her present life. The language used in the writing, draws a picture of Zora as a proud woman. Her personal character protrudes through her choice of words and language. In one passage of the writing Zora boasts, “No one on earth ever had a greater chance for glory. The world is to be won and nothing is to be lost.” It should be almost impossible to overlook the unrestricted tone Zora exudes in this piece.…show more content…
A cage is a form of imprisonment. Any form of life restricted to a cage would not be a life of freedom. It is ironic that Paul offsets the jubilant aura of a bird, with the darkness of being caged. It may be compared to having the wings cut off. Birds are used to represent joy and jubilance. They are full of life and song. Some may think it was a sin against God to keep a bird caged. Paul may have shared this sentiment according as one passage reads “But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core, But a plea that upward to Heaven he

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