Compare and Contrast Essay

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COMPARE/CONTRAST ESSAY-ZORA NEALE HURSTON AND MAYA ANGELOU Zora Neale Hurston and Maya Angelou are two extraordinary African-American women who were strong, powerful and very talented. They both made a name for themselves with their creative minds and outstanding voices. Hurston and Angelou are known to most people all over the world for their novels, stories, poems, and essays. They grew up in a time where racism, racial segregation and the hatred for African-Americans was prevalent and out of control especially in the southern states where they both lived most of their lives. Hurston lived in Florida and Angelou lived in Arkansas. Neither Hurston nor Angelou live with both parents. Hurston’s mom died when she was thirteen and she had to hop from one relative to the next during that time. Angelou’s parents got a divorce when she was three and moved her and her older brother Bailey who was four at the time to Arkansas to live with their grandmother (Momma) and uncle (Willie). Being African-American, you might think Hurston and Angelou were affected by racism and racial segregation, but Hurston wasn’t. In their writings, “How It Feels to Be Colored Me” by Hurston and “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Angelou, they both talk about their lives growing up. Both writings are strong and powerful and you can feel how they both felt while reading them, but are very different. Zora Neale Hurston was actually born in Notasulga, Alabama but moved to Eatonville, Florida which was the first incorporated Negro community in the nation when she was three. She loved the city so much, that she sometimes claimed that Eatonville was her birthplace. Her father later became mayor of the town, which Hurston would glorify in her stories as a place where African Americans could live as they desired, independent of white society. In 1901, some northern schoolteachers visited

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