Project #83449 - Synthesis Essay

In his seminal work The Souls of Black Folk (1903), W. E. B. DuBois used the metaphor of the veil to describe the plight of African Americans during this time.

     After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of        seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in the American world,-a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelationof theother world. It is a reculiar sensation, this double consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness,-an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dragged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.

Using at least three of the texts below to discuss whether you find this metaphor of the veil an outdated or an accurate characterization of the Harlem Renaissance.

MLA and 2 pages maximum

Thank you.

Nocturne at Bethesda: Arna Bontemps      http://www.poetrynook.com/poem/nocturne-bethesda

From Plum Bun: A Novel without a Moral: Jessie Redmon Fauset http://archive.org/stream/plumbunnovelwith00fausrich/plumbunnovelwith00fausrich_djvu.txt

Spunk: Zora Neale Hurston      http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5131/

The White House: Claude McKay:     http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/white-house

Jazzonia: Langston Hughes      http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/jazzonia/

The Negro Atist and the Racial Mountain:    http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/g_l/hughes/mountain.htm

 

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 09/24/2015 04:00 pm
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