Essay Harlem: a Dream Deferred

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Harlem: A Dream Deferred
Langston Hughes
Literally Analysis
Dreams are aspirations that we hope to reach on our lifetime. They are the day that gives us the drive to live our lives and accomplish our goals. When reaching our goals, we will do anything to get to our destination. But what happens when your dreams deferred and put on hold due to unseen circumstances? Or what do you so when someone tells you that you can not so the things you want to so because of the pigmentation of your skin? Langton Hughes “Harlem: A Dream Deferred” expresses that hardship and African Americans had to go through during the early 20th century. “A Dream Deferred” comes from a collection of poems “A Montage of a Dream Deferred” written in 1932 during
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With the time period that this poem was written, the author had goals that can not achieve…yet. Meaning, with society the way it was then, he must put his dreams on hold until society changes, laws, and institutions change. But until then, his talent or dream will dry up just like he described the raisin in the sun.
Dreams can indeed dry up when not fulfilled, but it can also “fester like a sore”. When you have a sore, it dries up when you allow it to heal. When it runs and festers, it is not infected and can not heal properly. A dream can fester and become infected with the dissatisfaction that may lead to rebellion or retaliation against those who are deferring his dream.
One thought about the dream deferred that it can rotten like a piece of met. Rotten meat can cause an odor if not used during certain point of time. If the dream is not realized in a timely fashion, it can decay and die.The dream can “crust and sugar over, like a syrupy sweet?” When you don’t use pancake or honey for a little while, if forms a crust around the top of the bottle. Now, the content of the bottle is no longer usable and no longer pliable. The dream after a while can become idle and hardens into an unusable substance of thoughts that have separated themselves from the goals and formed idle destructive thoughts that are crusted over with despair, doubt, anger, and hatred.
The next stanza of the poem simply suggests “maybe it sags like a heavy load”.

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