Bop - Langston Hughes Essay examples

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What is Bop? In “Bop” by Langston Hughes, the narrator describes Bop as Be-Bop, the opposite of Re-Bop. The general idea of Be-Bop is that it is current, makes sense, what the colored boys play and that it is authentic. This leads to Re-Bop having the definition of being white boys play, an imitation, and complete nonsense. In “Bop”, a character by the name of Simple is stating his own theory on the origin of Be-Bop music to an unnamed narrator. Simple uses his somewhat ethnocentric views to help the unnamed narrator acknowledge more of the world’s current racial issues.
Simple uses slang and a broken English dialect to help the unnamed narrator convey a greater sense of Be-Bop and how it relates to racial issues. In this
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In order for Simple to transfer his idea of racial ideas to the unnamed narrator, he uses the context of the music Bop. Simple is able to provide the narrator with an example of how Bop is like how an African American is getting beat up. Simple uses the sounds of jazz to represent the horrible racial issue that is happening during the time. An example of jazz sounds would be “Old Cop just keeps on, ‘Mop! Mop!...Be-Bop!Mop!’” (Hughes 1). Be-Bop represents the police brutality that the African Americans were facing at the time.
All in all, Simple uses several techniques to help the unnamed narrator understand the racial issues. Hughes purposely did not mention the name of the narrator or his ethnicity for a reason. “Somebody upstairs in Simple’s house had the combination turned up loud with an old Dizzy Gillespie record spinning like mad filling the Sabbath with Bop as I passed.”(Hughes 1). Perhaps by starting off the story with someone unnamed, Hughes was trying to let the reader fill in the character and get their own understanding. The unnamed narrator may represent anyone who cannot relate to the blacks who have experienced the racial issue. That person may even be black if they were not discriminated against. This unnamed narrator may not appreciate Bop music because this person has not experienced the racism on

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