Essay on Analysis Of Langston Hughes 's Poem, Mother And Son

763 Words Jul 6th, 2015 4 Pages
Mothers from all around the world wish their offspring’s the best in their lives. Those mothers who sacrifice themselves to give their children a better opportunity and the ones after. The poem “Mother to Son” written by Langston Hughes in 1922 but published in Hughes’s first collection The Weary Blues in 1926. Langston Hughes uses symbolism, imagery and metaphor to teach and advice the young generation.
In Hughes’s Poem “Mother to Son” there are many symbolism. For example, when the mother told her son “Life for me ain 't been no crystal stair.” (Hughes 1018). However, in the Roman Catholic religion there is this story about Jacob’s dream. In his dreams he saw a ladder that united earth with heaven. The ladder was used by God’s seraphs. “ He dreamed that he saw a stairway reaching from earth to heaven, with angels going up and coming down on it” (Genesis 28-12). Maybe the mother wanted to tell her son her life was not easy as Jacob’s dream she had to make a lot of scarifies for herself and her beloved ones. Also, when she states,
“It 's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—” (Hughes 1018).

Symbolizes how much misery she has been enduring during her whole life. Her memory was fresh and remembered them like yesterday that suffering that she does not want her son to go through. The symbolism of a stair, tacks, splinters and a place where there were no carpet shows how difficult was for the mother to live in her time.…

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