Zora Neale Hurston, “How It Feels to Be Colored Me”
| “But 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”
| In her thesis she explains that even though people do discriminate against her, she does not feel colored. She states “There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, or lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all” to show how she doesn’t care that she’s colored. Being color does not determined who is she is or what she will be. She doesn’t get depressed that she’s colored. Being colored just describes one single fact about her.
| Challenge/ Defense
| “Sometimes, I fell 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.”
| DEFEND: These sentences definitely support her thesis because like she said, “I do not mind all” which expresses the idea that she doesn’t care whether she’s black, white or anything. The only thing that does bother her is how some people can be ignorant at times and “deny themselves the pleasure of my company…”
| (1) Over statement
| “But even so, it is clear that I was the first “Welcome-to-our-state” Floridian, and I hope that Miami Chamber of Commerce will please take notice.”
| The author exaggerates in this sentence making it seem as if no one in the whole state was friendly or welcoming. Like if they were all grumpy and impolitely.
| (2) Rhetorical Shift
| “When I disembarked from the river-boat at Jacksonville, she was no more. It seemed that I had suffered a sea change”
| As I was reading the passage, I notice a rhetorical shift in this few sentences. When the author wrote “…she was no more.” Makes it seem as if she was giving up on herself as if somehow everything she had just came crumbling down and she was no longer the fun person everyone knew her as.
| (3) Simile
| “But in the main, I feel like a brown bag of miscellany propped against a wall”
| The author is trying to describe that at times she does feel black and discriminated against. As if the only thing that makes her is her skin-tone color, but she is wrong.
Bharati Mukherjee, “Two Ways to Belong in America”
| “I need to put roots down, to vote, and make the difference that I can. The price that the immigrant willingly pays, and that the exile avoids, is the trauma of self-transformation.”
| As I was reading the passage, I knew this was the thesis because this whole essay talks about how immigrants come here for change, for better opportunities and somehow they also end up changing too. They start become “citizens” in a way because even though they were not born here they start making differences. Just like the author said “I need to put roots down, to vote, and make the difference that I can.” emphasizes on how immigrants should get involve in how America works.
| “For over 30 years, I’ve invested my creativity and professional skills into the improvement of this country’s preschool system. I’ve obeyed all the rules, I’ve paid my taxes, I love my work, I love my students, I love the friends I’ve made. How dare America now change its rules in midstream?”
| DEFEND: These words were said from the author’s sister who shows how American at times repays immigrants for their hard work. Her tone obviously seems hurtful but most importantly she sounds angry. She’s surprised America would repay her this way because she has spent her whole life bettering this country but sadly that’s how immigrants have to pay in this country.
| (1) Parentheticals
| “But now, with the scapegoating of “aliens” (documented or illegal) on the increase, and the targeting of long-term legal immigrants like Mira for new scrutiny and new self-consciousness, she and I find ourselves unable to maintain the same polite discretion.”
| These two words, “documented or illegal” show how some Americans and even...
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