How is Black pride represented in Hurston's "How It Feels to Be Colored Me"?

Asked on by mimi07

1 Answer | Add Yours

teachertaylor's profile pic

teachertaylor | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted on

Actually, black pride is not the immediate aim of Hurston in “How It Feels to Be Colored Me.”  Hurston rather suggests a sense of self-pride throughout the essay.  She says that growing up in Eatonville did not cause her to feel particularly “colored,” but when she moved to Jacksonville, she immediately felt her difference on the lines of color.  Hurston uses extended metaphors such as the jungle and the dark rock to tell the reader that she is proud to be different, and more importantly, to be herself.  The essay closes with the extended metaphor of the stuffed bags, and Hurston suggests that the contents of each bag do not differ greatly in the same way the people of many races are essentially the same inside.  As a result, Hurston shifts the focus of the essay from black pride to self pride.

We’ve answered 319,849 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question