How It Feels to Be Colored Me Questions and Answers
by Zora Neale Hurston

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How does Zora Neale Hurston deliver her ideas in her essay "How It Feels to Be Colored Me"?

Can you comment on her writing style and how it helps her deliver her ideas?

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Zora Neale Hurston’s essayHow It Feels to Be Colored Me” expresses her unique view of being colored in a white world.  Her purview of life came from living in an all- black town, Eatonville, Florida.  

The narration of the essay is first person with Hurston as the speaker.  She outlines her life as a little girl who just happens to be colored.  Hurston takes a positive attitude toward her induction into the white world.

When she was thirteen in Eatonville, her father farmed her out to his brother in Jacksonville.  Hurston’s education was slow in coming but eventually she received her college degree at Barnard. 

The writing of the essay follows the particular ideas that Hurston promotes.

She saw no difference between her and the white people

The speaker used her front porch to observe the parade of people who would pass by in their cars or wagons. Her observations became a play.  The gate post was her seat and the surrounding porch the proscenium arch.  As the people would...

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