Essay on Analysis Of The Poem ' Harlem ' By Langston Hughes

781 Words Jun 30th, 2016 4 Pages
“Harlem” by Langston Hughes is a poem with a much deeper meaning than portrayed. The poem talks about what happens to dreams when they do not come true. Although, when the speaker addresses to a dream, he is referring to back in the slave days when black and whites were segregated. The blacks once had a dream that they would be treated equally with the whites. That they would go to the same school and not have to sit in the back of the bus. When Hughes wrote this poem it was a few years before the ending of slavery and segregation, so he felt that his dream was deferred. The theme, symbolism, and setting of this poem varies, yet it is easier when taking the time to read and understand it. The dreams of African-American slaves during slavery were usually all the same, they all wanted equal rights. The theme of this poem is exactly that, about a dream that in time was deferred and had seemed to never be coming true. The poem describes what could happen to a dream if it did not come true. The speaker describes the dream when he says, “Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore- And then run?” (line 2-5) This goes back to the theme as well, because when it says dry up like a raisin in the sun, it refers to when slaves had to work outside in the hot sun all day. Then when it says fester like a sore, when working in the fields slaves would always develop sores and other wounds. All these observations you cannot just understand by reading you have to look into…

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