The given extract is from the poem “Of Our Spiritual Strivings”, which has been written in the book “The Souls of Black Folk” authored by Du Bois. In this extract, the concept of double consciousness has been described. Double consciousness may be described as the psychological challenge, which is faced by someone when he/she looks at his own self through the eye of a racist and also reconciles the African heritage with an upbringing which may be there in a European dominated society. The concept of double consciousness may be applied in a large number of situations such as social inequality and for the women who live in patriarchal societies in the world (Bois, 1903). Thus, it can be used to give the description related to the individual whose identity may be divided into several different facets. It is a theoretical concept which gives the details of the psycho-social divisions, which may occur in America and something which helps in understanding of the different divisions. The focus of the author is mainly on the experience of the black which allows for the challenges related to the injustice that is being faced in different national and world systems. This concept has been used in the history of American Negro in which he wishes that he doesn’t wish to be African American as America needs to teach a lot to the world.
Through his words, he wishes that man should both be a Negro and the American without having any curse from his fellows without having any opportunity closed. The concept of double consciousness has been effectively used by the author in order to do the characterization of the issues, which may be related to the race and are provocative and unanticipated. Though this is the only occasion which may be only be noted, it will never be actually perused. The author has written about the history which has lead to the creation of the number of coherent patterns that may be related to the connotations. The background of the extract is applicable efficiently to the educated people and also the upper class readers, which are there in the Atlantic which forms to be one of the most popular journals of letters of the day and should also lead to the contribution of the understanding related to the arguments of Du Bois. The historical context used in the extract is related to a product of European Romanticism on one side and American Transcendentalism on the other. The Africans have always tried to do the reconciliation of the two different cultures which has led to the composition of their identities. As a slave, the Africans were forbidden to speak their own language, were converted to Christianity, were discouraged from doing the dance and were not allowed to use the drums. These kinds of practices also led to the distortion of the African culture. The later generations in Africa were therefore banned from the similar cultural experience and it created a unique situation for them. Thus, Author has tried to identify and explain the double consciousness with respect to African Americans.