“A mastermind of the South. novelist. folklorist. anthropologist”–those are the words that Alice Walker had inscribed on the gravestone of Zora Neale Hurston. In the essay How It Feels to Be Colored Me. Zora explores her ain sense of individuality through a series of dramatic metaphors. After recognizing that she is of colour. Hurston ne’er truly places a important accent on the racial inequalities that exist in America. “At certain times I have no race. I am me. ” Zora Neale Hurston did non hold any separate feelings about being an American and colored. “But I am non tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my psyche. nor skulking behind my eyes. I do non mind at all. ” She is stating that there is no shame in her colour. Hurston did non desire to conform to a race. to a colour. she tried to be herself. She was non afraid to be different. she knew she was particular. How It Feels to Be Colored Me. makes it clear that she wants to be recognized as an person. In paragraph 7 she wrote “the operation was successful and the patient is making good. thank you. ” Hurston was mentioning this to slavery and how it did non trouble oneself her. That was something in her yesteryear and she is traveling on from it. Hurston’s audience was guided towards immature African American grownups who feel the same manner about race or colour. In the first paragraph she says “ . . . except the fact that I am the lone Negro in the United States. . . “
Because this is one of the first sentences of this essay. it sets the tone for the whole piece. It shows that Hurston’s attitude towards herself is really positive. Many readers could experience the manner she feels. desiring to acquire attending and being noticed. She wanted to be known for person who was non merely another coloured individual. Many people want to be noticed and non merely by their race or skin colour. Zora knew that she still stood out from everyone else. but in the terminal of it all. no 1 is truly “different” . Zora Neale Hurston gets her purpose across by her usage of linguistic communication and sentence construction. “I retrieve the twenty-four hours I became coloured. ” This is the twenty-four hours that she realized what white people idea of her and anyone else who was colored. Hurston uses many metaphors in this piece to vividly depict the looks of her self-fulfillment. “I left Eatonville. the town of the rose baies. as Zora. ” Hurston used the word oleanders alternatively of another flower to explicate that on the exterior they are beautiful. but inside really toxicant.