Does It Stink Like Rotten Meat By Langston Hughes Analysis

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As dreams transform to regrets, it begins to eats at a person and creates nothing but negativity. Hughes states, “Does it stink like rotten meat?” (Hughes 6) If dreams are stored away for a long period of time, will they cause a disturbance like rotten meat when it sits too long in the refrigerator or if it gets thrown away of all together will the smell still linger and haunt the person for a long time. The smell or thought of it creates a sense of regret that could become anger making a person change their views on the world. At this point, Hughes creates the image of the dream becoming a carcass after certain amount of time being left unattended. If rotting meat didn 't smell so bad, will people allow it to continue to sit in the fridge …show more content…
Hughes says, “Maybe it just sags-“, (Hughes 9) most objects sag if they are too old or over used like a wood bridge when the weight of people is too great or perhaps a bookshelf with a large amount of books making it sag. Hughes uses the verb "sag" to symbolize that dreams have to them and are not just a person’s imagination. In this way, Hughes points out how important dreams are. They are so important that they are heavy, and if they are ignored they will grow to sag or damage a person’s will to carry out his or her ideas. Hughes also says, “like a heavy load.” (Hughes 10) The term "heavy load" reminds the reader that every person at one point can carry a lot in their mind. A “load” is something that carried and if is too heavy making it difficult to carry. This line also symbolizes the idea that dreams can become a burden making the person have a different perspective on how they view the world. When people have troubles carrying out their dreams there are others that can help carry the load but Hughes is referring to the idea that sometimes there is no one that can

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