Analysis Of Langston Hughes 's Poem, Harlem, And As I Grew Older

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Dreams are something everyone has, a goal set forth for the person to try their best to carry it out, no matter the cost. This was the exact case for the African-American culture. For years society told blacks that they were not good enough, that they were worthless, and could never reach their dreams. However, in the beginning of the 1920’s, the start of the Harlem Renaissance, things started looking up for African-Americans. The Harlem Renaissance, known at the time as the “New Negro Movement,” was a time period where African-Americans’ voices were heard. One of the most famous voices heard, would be Langston Hughes’, a writer known for his African-American themed poetry. Langston Hughes uses three of his most well-known poems, “Theme For English B,” “Harlem,” and “As I Grew Older” to show his neutral, negative, and positive views on dreams in the African-American society. To begin, in Langston Hughes’ poem “Theme For English B,” Hughes expresses his neutral view on the American dream. Initially, Langston Hughes uses simple language to prove this point by asking one question. “So will my page be colored that I write?” (27) This one line holds great significance, readers believe that the speaker does not only ask this question for the point of race. However, that this simple language is to also make a point that the speaker is not to sure if he will have a finished paper with ink on it to conclude the assignment. Additionally, in this poem Hughes uses nothing but casual…

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