How it Feels to be Colored Me


Zora Neale Hurston

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How it Feels to be Colored Me Characters

Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston describes herself at various stages of her still young life: as a young black girl holding impromptu performances for white tourists, as a teenager encountering explicit discrimination for the first time, and… read analysis of Zora Neale Hurston

The White Neighbor

The abstract figure of the white neighbor stands in for white America as a whole. Hurston uses him to illustrate her unique take on American racial history. She almost pities this figure as she describes… read analysis of The White Neighbor
Minor Characters
The White Friend
Hurston’s unnamed white friend who accompanies her to a jazz club is a figure much like to the white neighbor. The white friend’s “civilized” and indifferent response to the music contrasts with the vitality of black culture that Hurston experiences.