Hurston describes her adventurous and naive self: she would become aware of her race when all the white folks in town “liked to hear [her] speak in pieces and sing...” and they would often give her money for it. She yearned for the attention and interest from those that viewed her as different. She describes that the black townsfolk often “deplored joyful tendencies” (Hurston). Wherefore, Hurston illustrates that she was never able to fit in her own community, and especially not with the white townspeople.
The Harlem Renaissance began and thrives during the roaring twenties. It unveiled an incredible amount of black artistic and literary creativity. Harlem Renaissance writers and artists expressed pride in their African American culture through extraordinary performances. It was a time of great discovery, mostly in the arts, and gave provided Americans something else to focus on besides the current economical status. Many wonderful African American poets, authors, musicians, and artists emerged in that time period and are still highly regarded today.
The Harlem Renaissance was a movement that reflected the culture of African Americans in an artistic way during the 1920’s and the 30’s. Many African Americans who participated in this movement showed a different side of the “Negro Life,” and rejected the stereotypes that were forced on themselves. The Harlem Renaissance was full of artists, musicians, and writers who wrote about their thoughts, especially on discrimination towards blacks, such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Langston Hughes. The Harlem Renaissance was an influential and exciting movement, and influenced others to fight for what they want and believed in. The Harlem Renaissance was the start of the Civil Rights Movement. The Harlem Renaissance started the Civil Rights
Hurston was famous for writing the book, Their Eyes Were Watching God. She wrote this famous novel while traveling to Haiti. Hurston got the idea for the novel when she arrived in New York. There she meet Dr. Franz Boas, known as, “the Father of Anthropology” (The Big Read). She fell in love with a 23 year old named Percy Punter.
The Harlem Renaissance was a time of diversity in art and literature. “Their Eyes Were Watching God” is a story about a woman who finds her way through society, and this journey that she takes has strong reflections of the time and place that the author wrote the story on. Hurston reflected some of the aspects which she saw on a daily basis in the Harlem Renaissance in her work. However for all the time she reflected over parts of the Harlem Renaissance there were some parts and aspects of the story which clearly were meant as a way to depart and get out of the mindset of the Harlem Renaissance. Through an understanding of the Harlem Renaissance it is clear that Zora Neale Hurston’s writing is both a reflection and a departure of the Harlem
She goes on throughout her life without really making the connection that blacks were treated differently from whites given the time period she grew up in. Hurston writes that “white people differed from colored to [her] only in that they rode through town and never lived there” (Hurston 4). As a young girl, the only difference between blacks and whites to Hurston was that white people never lived in her town; otherwise, they were the same to her. Because of this, Hurston never struggled with her identity for she was accepted by the people of her town; the people of color, and she was known as “their Zora.” Once she moved to a new town, she realized she was different, and she was “now a little colored girl” (Hurston 5).
The empowerment of black women wasn 't present in the Harlem Renaissance and in this novel it shows the empowerment of black women. Zora Neale Hurston’s writing in Their Eyes Were Watching God, departs from the Harlem Renaissance through the common recurrence of black women
Empowerment Through Hardships In the heart of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston once said, "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. I do not belong to the sobbing school of Negrohood who hold that nature somehow has given them a lowdown dirty deal and whose feelings are all hurt about it.
The Harlem Renaissance was given its name because cultural, social, and artistic explosion took place in Harlem between 1918 and mid-1930’s. During this period Harlem was the go to place for black writers, artists, musicians, poets, and many others. A majority of people came from the South, because they were fleeing its caste system to find a place where they could freely express themselves and their talents. Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Walter White and James Weldon Johnson were amongst the many artists who became very well known. Du Bois, editor of THE CRISIS magazine, the journal of the NAACP, published the poems, stories, and visual works of many artists. The Renaissance involved racial pride, and political rights. The Renaissance
Keeling advises the reader to look at Henry Louis Gates reading of Zora Neal Hurston. According to Keeling, “Gates does not focus on Hurston’s explcit subject matter, nor her social politics.
Harlem Renaissance is described as a movement which gained momentum in the 1920s especially after the World War I up to mid-1930s. This movement was characterised by what Richard Wormser calls “cultural, social, and artistic explosion” (Wormser, “The Harlem Renaissance 1917-1935”). Harlem during this period became a cultural center for artists, writers, poets and musicians. It can be noticed that the Harlem Renaissance was a male centric movement. Maureen Honey points out that many critics saw the women poets and authors as part of the school of “Raceless literature” (Bloom 224). This paper shall be an attempt to look at the women poets of the Harlem Renaissance especially through the works of Gwendolyn Bennet, Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson, Anne Bethel Spencer and Helene Johnson. The paper shall also investigate how the poetry of these poets deals with the issue of race, class and gender during the 1920s.
The Harlem Renaissance Was One Of The Most Rememberable Topics We’ve Went Over . It Consisted Of Some Of The Best Painters , Music Composers , Poets/Singers , And Actors Of The 1920s And 1930s . This Time Had Its Hardships But Not All Was Bad In Harlem ; They Had Blacks Coming For All Over Wanting To Pursue Their Career In WhatEver Involved Expressing ThemSelves But Still Looked Or Sounded Good To The Eyes And Ears Of Other People , Far And Near .
The topic I am choosing for my research paper is The Analysis of the Visual Arts and Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance was a period of time that burst with expression from the African American community originating in New York and later influencing the whole country. During this time, the goal of African Americans was to show the white community that they were just as civilized and innovative as them. They showed their capabilities in many ways-dancing, art, music, literature, and more. Two of the most influential ways of expression were by poetry and the visual arts. A famous Harlem Renaissance poet was Langston Hughes. He was one of the most inspiring people during his time in the Harlem Renaissance. His work was known
Claude McKay was a Jamaican poet during the Harlem Renaissance. He had such a strong literary voice that guided him into publishing many novels, essays, and poems, including “Home to Harlem.” Zora Neal Hurston was an American civil rights activist as well as a writer, and anthropologist during the Harlem Renaissance. She published more books and essays than any women in America, including “How it Feels to Be Colored Me.”
These radical ideas are still what can be used as a refusal point to that same claim though since many of them wouldn’t have even been taken seriously at the time, and if they couldn’t have been taken seriously then they couldn’t have been very useful to the Harlem Renaissance cause. The argument for the involvement in the Harlem Renaissance is still relevant because of the way that Hurston portrayed them, as a progression of life. This is important to remember because it happened at a time when these were controversial ideas but were still shown with the twist of them still happening in the deep south but by common black people who showed it being a functioning