This essay English Lit./Comp. has a total of 409 words and 8 pages.
Perhaps one of the most profound pieces of African American short
story literature is Zora Hurstons' How It Feels to Be Colored Me. In
conclusion of her short story, Hurston depicts her own life experiences
through the personification of a brown bag and its contents. To detail
life through mere contents of a paper bag is a difficult task, however,
a simple man among many, trying not to drown in an ocean of complexity
more commonly known as society.
My bag is comprised of many objects, some which I have yet to use
and others that have already expired. The first content inside my bag
pack of wet matches that can no longer be used to light the path I must
travel to reach my destiny. The next object inside my bag is a two-way
radio that has been partially damaged, only able to receive information
transmit it. The radio develops my keen listening skills but it does
allow me to call for help or be heard in any way. The third item found
my bag is an inflatable life vest which could be used to save my life,
that large holes have worn through its exhausted material. The next
contained within my bag is a small bible that I once read daily. Now
pages within the bible are stained with water of incertitude and
the smeared ink that was once writing is now a collection of modern art
masterpieces upon the blessed canvas from which previously read.
The unexpired contents of my brown bag include a golden needle
with silver thread, a collection of postal stamps and a small lighter.
I am a
strong believer in mankind's ability to believe in himself, but he must
the contents inside his own bag to overcome the seemingly insurmountable
obstacles of life. As for the remaining contents of my bag, I can only
hypothesize how they may be used to help me stay afloat in this large
ocean of life.
Through a careful examination of my life the realization of simplicity
evident. I strive to be myself, for as myself I believe that
individuality is the
strongest light, the quickest way to be heard and the only method of
afloat in today's society. Perhaps the "Great Stuffer of Bags" stuffed
the bags a little too similar to each other.
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