Essay on Analysis Of Langston Hughes 's I, Too, And Dream Deferred

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He was a poet, a social activist, a novelist, a columnist, and some might even say he was the backbone for African American literature during the first half of the 20th century. Langston Hughes was born in 1902 and grew up to be one of the primary contributors to the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s. His views on life changed dramatically throughout his lifetime and this can be seen in all of his famous poetry. “I, Too”, “Let America Be America Again”, and “Dream Deferred” are just three of Hughes’ poems that make it possible to analyze the evolution of Hughes’ perspective on equality and segregation during his writing period. Hughes’ perspective ultimately has three phases; it changes from a hopeful and positive perspective to a more pessimistic and gloomy one and then returns towards a more optimistic perspective for the future of America and equality for African Americans. The first poem “I, Too” was published in 1926 and Hughes writes from the perspective of an African American who is suffering during that time period. He writes the poem to state that he has every right to be patriotic about America as anyone else does, even though he is the “darker brother” who must sit in the kitchen and eat separately from all of the whites. Clearly during this time period, African Americans still faced segregation along with discrimination and did not have all the rights that white men had. Hughes wraps up his poem, by foreseeing a racially equal society that will be ashamed of…

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