She begins to feel a sense of isolation and loneliness.Although, Hurston claims that she does not consider herself "tragically colored" but a regular human being, "At times I have no race, I am me"(359).At this point, Hurston is referred to as just another “colored girl.”(358).
In her final paragraph, she compares herself to a brown paper bag filled with random bits, just as everyone around her is a different colored paper bag filled with small bits and pieces that make each unique.
Hurston concludes that every race is essential and special to the "Great Stuffer of Bags".
Hurston has written plays, essays, poetry, short stories, and novels with an emphasis on folkloric foundation.
She graduated from Columbia University as an anthropologist.
Walker had become interested in Hurston’s works and wrote I Love Myself When I Am Laughing…
And Then Again When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader in 1979.After the death of her mother in 1904, at the age of nine, Hurston was forced to live with relatives in Jacksonville who worked as domestic servants.In her essay Hurston references Jacksonville where she describes that she felt "thrown against a sharp white background".It is true that the reader of Hurston’s work searches in vain for some sensitive portrayal of the true plight of blacks during the Depression, the period during which Hurston wrote most of her best works.Poverty in the Eatonville she portrays is more likely to be the setting for a story or a joke than a cause for concerted political action.Hurston’s work writings emerge from “dislocation and disorientation." Although, some scholars debate whether Hurston’s work is true Harlem Renaissance writing.Margaret Perry’s survey of all literature in the Harlem Renaissance, suggests “Hurston should not be included in the literary canon of the Harlem Renaissance because the bulk of her work appeared after the ‘true time of the Harlem Renaissance’ a period in the years 1925 to 1928.” (Musser 28) Alice Walker was one of many who rediscovered Zora Neale Hurston.She placed a huge emphasis towards why the Harlem Renaissance writings were essential and lead the continuation of scholarship and publication of Hurston’s works after 1970."How It Feels To Be Colored Me" is an essential essay that is linked to the studies of African Literature, Feminist Literature, and African American Studies."I have no separate feeling about being an American citizen and colored" (360).She explains that if the racial roles were reversed, and blacks discriminated against whites, the outcome is the same for a white person’s experience amongst black people.