Analysis Of Du Bois's The Souls Of Black Folk

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Speaking to more than the condition of black men and the problem of the color line in 20th century Georgia, Du Bois’s rhetoric develops ideas that can be considered significant to all men and more specifically all Americans. In the 21st century the problem of the color line still exists and manifests itself in many similar ways as it did in Du Bois’s time. However, more importantly, I believe his work speaks to another problem, a broader problem: the problem of social class and identity. By meshing the various social comments that Du Bois makes in The Souls of Black Folk together into a cohesive whole, an entire philosophic doctrine begins to emerge that speaks of more than a problem of race. Du Bois describes a struggle between industrial…show more content…
We must be weary of the blurring of social and individual identity, for at many times the beauty of our existence is lost in the hustle and bustle of this life. How often do we stop on the street and engage a stranger? How often do we stop and appreciate this human condition of ours? I say not often, not often enough. We speed by not concerned with anything but how we are going to pay the bills, or what errands to run, what we must go buy, and we forget the beauty in the world. We forget to explore, to seek out truth. This is what Du Bois speaks to the most I believe. He values the classic ideals, and arts, the ones in which have stood the test of time. It is the value in those works those existing thoughts that breathe truth, and beauty into life. The striving of the intellectual to never cease wandering, observing, and analyzing the world around, is what I believe is lost in America today. It is lost in wasteful attempts to fill our hearts with the flavor of the week, and not with the enlightenment that comes with life devoted to more than wealth. To develop this individual identity and not absence of social class or one single social class but a greater understanding of values and their effect on society is the goal for America today. Becoming more in touch with humanity and to see from a new perspective in pursuing intellectualism, we can minimize the problem of the 21st century, that of the struggle between individual identity and social identity as a whole, not simply the problem of racial

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