Zora Neale Hurston's tone in the autobiographical essay "How It Feels to be Colored Me" is very confident. Hurston reflects on her life, how she grow up, and how she feels about racism. In those musings, she comes to the conclusion that she truly loves being herself. She even says she doesn't understand how other people would dislike or discriminate against her. As Hurston exclaims:
Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me.
The word choice and syntax also contribute to the tone here. Hurston seems shocked that someone would not find her entertaining ("astonishes me"; "beyond me"). She feels someone who would "discriminate" would be "deny[ing] themselves." They would be missing out; they would be the ones suffering, not Hurston.
Hurston does admit that she sometimes feels "different" depending on her "background." When she is in a setting among mostly white people, she...
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