The American Dream Langston Hughes Analysis

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The American dream is the ideal that every US citizen should have equal opportunities along with a prospering life with hope. Not every human is the same, when it comes to visions and opinions everyone is different. In comparing and contrasting the story of Marx and poem of Hughes in contrast there are different economical goals each writer wants for the people, ways work is obtained, and equality among the people. The two have a similarity as well, both writers are dissatisfied in the current world.
Both writers are not happy with the ways of their people and want changes. They want change based on their visions of how life should be. Hughes portrays the American Dream as a place where the dream is not an attainable goal for all citizens,
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Hughes is dissatisfied with the current political views and economic values in America. He believes while America is portrayed as the land of opportunity, in all reality, there are have’s and have nots. The haves are provided all the opportunity and support to succeed while the have nots struggle to keep up or get ahead. For example, Hughes says “I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek and finding only the same old stupid plan of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.” (ll.22.23.24) Hughes feels that he is not provided the advantages of others in his experience of the American dream. Likewise, Marx feels that the big industry machine oppresses the middle class while not allowing them to get ahead. Therefore, he believes that communism is the best way to infer that all are treated equal in property and stature. For example, as Marx explains, “the modern bourgeois society that has sprouted from the ruins of feudal society has not done away with class antagonisms. It has but established new classes, new conditions of oppression, new forms of struggle in place of the old ones.” (1; ch.1) Therefore, the communalities are still fewer than the …show more content…
Hughes says, Let America be America again. Hughes is referring to freedom in America for all. Hughes also says, seeking a home where he himself is free. (1.4) Hughes is expressing the freedom of the people. People should be able to live where they can settle. There shouldn’t be classification of the people and who they are against each other. Marx on the other hand is not for the freedom of the people. “In the earlier epochs of history, we find almost everywhere a complicated arrangement of society into various orders, a manifold gradation of social rank.” (Marx 1; ch.1) What Marx is referring to is the governmental control of the people. Everything is to be approved and the people are not free to make their own choices. “Society as a whole is more and more splitting up into two great hostile camps, into two great classes directly facing each other – Bourgeoisie and Proletariat.” (Marx 1; ch.1) Marx is referring to classifying the people and having them against each other. He wants there to be a middle class of people to set the ways for the lower class of people. This doesn’t give the lower class any value to be able to grow or become greater. If they are constantly controlled and told they are lower, then they will never try to be

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