Response to Zora Neale Hurston’s, “How it Feels to be Colored Me”

 

    In Zora Neale Hurston’s, “How it Feels to be Colored Me” the author reveals to the reader how she feels about being colored. Her sense of humor and wittiness catch the interest of the reader throughout the piece and provides a comic relief to an otherwise serious subject. The author does not let the color of her skin define her as a person, and refuses to let her race’s history cripple her. This is evident when she writes, “… I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all. I do not belong to the sobbing school of Negrohood who hold that nature somehow has given them a low down dirty deal…” (Hurston 3). Hurston’s perspective on being her social status and skin pigmentation does not cripple her from her aspirations and dreams.

Hurston reveals her wit when she responds to being reminded that she is a descendent of slaves, “It fails to registers depressions with me. Slavery is sixty years in the past. The operation was successful and the patient is doing well, Thank you.” (Hurston 3). Hurston reveals to the reader how she refuses to let the past determine her future. The way Hurston writes motivates the reader to want more of her writing and encourages one to read.

 

Works Cited

Hurston, Z.N, “How it Feels to be Colored”. The Mercury Reader. Editor: K. Gehan. Boston, MA: Pearson, 2005

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s