Analysis Of `` Harlem `` By Langston Hughes Essay

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In the 1950’s black people were still suffering from oppression at the hands of white men. Many literary artists wrote about this oppression, despite the violence that might have come their way. “Harlem” is one of these literary works were written in 1951 by Langston Hughes, an American poet, novelist, and social activist. Throughout his life, Hughes published numerous works, most of which portrayed the life of black people, and his work had a major influence on the artistic styles of the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes’ main point in “Harlem” is that African Americans’ dreams are being deferred because of all the racism in the country (Jordan). Which means that a white person would have been able to live the American dream, of achieving success through hard work and determination, without anyone criticizing them. Although, a black person would have to go through racism, abuse, and bigotry without getting the same freedom, equality, and opportunity as the white person. Hughes just wanted to tell the story of black people, and through the use of similes, metaphors, and symbolism, he is able to get his point across to many people.
Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin Missouri (Tracy). During his young life, while his mother moved around, he lived with his grandmother until she died in his teens. Then he lived with his mother and they moved city to city until they settled in Cleveland, Ohio. While still in high school, Hughes’ interest in poems started. After…

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