Zora Neale Hurston's 'How It Feels to Be Colored Me': An Analysis
Choose one of the following options for the literary essays we have discussed in class and answer each of the included questions in paragraph form for a total of five paragraphs. You must directly answer the question in the first sentence of the paragraph. Each paragraph should follow the paragraph conventions that we have discussed in class (supporting points, concluding sentence, topic sentence, etc.). Each paragraph should include at least 5 sentences and be around 150 - 200 words each. Your answers should include specific references to the text, but you should depend more on paraphrasing the text than quoting it. Your answers should be written in a formal tone (avoid first and second person, contractions, slang, clichés, etc.). Please double-space your answers and use MLA Style for you citations. Remember that you should only use the text itself as your source. Do not seek help from other sources for analysis. 1. "How It Feels To Be Coloured Me" by Zora Neale Hurston. i) What does Hurston mean when she says that "[she] remember[s] the very day that [she] became Coloured"? ii) When Hurston arrives in Jacksonville, she says that she "was not Zora of Orange County anymore." What does she mean when she says this? iii) What does Hurston mean when she says that she "do[es] not weep at the world" because she is "too busy sharpening her oyster knife"? iv) Who or what is the "brown spectre" mentioned on page 61, and what is its significance? v) What is the significance of Hurston's metaphor of the different coloured bags? 2. "How It Feels To Be Coloured Me" by Zora Neale Hurston.i) Why does Hurston interact with the white tourists without fear while the adults avoid them as much as possible? ii) Why does her experience change so drastically when she leaves her hometown of Eatonville? iii) On page 41, Hurston describes her skin as a "fast brown – warranted not to rub nor run." What does she mean when she says this? iv) On page 42, Hurston describes being "a dark rock surged upon" at the bottom of a river. Why does she feel this way in the situation described? v) What overall point is Hurston trying to make in her essay? 3. "Advice to Youth" by Mark Twain i) How does Twain trick the reader at the beginning of the essay? ii) How does Twain subvert the reader's expectations? (Use at least one specific example) iii) Why does Twain use humour in his essay (besides being funny) rather than simply providing straightforward advice? iv) Why does Twain use irony to make his points instead of criticizing conventional advice in a more straightforward way? v) Why does Twain choose to mock conventional advice in this way?
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