Analysis Of W. E. B. Du Bois's The Souls Of Black Folk

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Sefra Belay
Professor Barnes
English 190 HC
March 06, 2018
Living in the Shades The African-American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois poses an important question, “How does it feel to be a problem?” in his Book, The Souls of Black Folk, to discuss about what the White people has been trying to ask him indirectly. In one part of his book, he also states, “Then it dawned upon me with a certain suddenness that I was different from the others; or like, mayhap, in heart and life and longing, but shut out from their world by a vast veil.” In addition, Du Bois points out, “It is a peculiar 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 tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.” All of these statements reveal the miserable lives of the Black people who were suffering from the discrimination and segregation as well as the brutality of White people. The prevailing injustice and awful living conditions of the African Americans can be examined with the critical race theory. A way to analyze The Souls of Black Folk, is by using the critical race theory. W.E.B Du Bois wrote The Souls of Black Folk in 1903. In his work, Du Bois examines the society and culture as they relate to race, law and power. He presents what it meant to be a Negro in the American society during that time when there was a severe racial unrest. The Negroes had been submissive under slavery for a long period of
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