One Friday Morning Essay examples

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”One Friday Morning” by Langston Hughes
The short story “One Friday Morning” is a short story by Langston Hughes and it’s one of the stories found in “The Short Stories of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes. The main theme of the short story is undoubtedly discrimination because the text is focusing on racism when the high school student Nancy Lee Johnson is not awarded the Artist Club scholarship because she is colored. Therefore the short story is a great picture of the American society in the 1950s where the discrimination of the colored people still was practised among some of the white people. Despite of the discrimination the people still believes in The American Dream. Through the main character Nancy Lee we get to know
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The short story is narrated by a third person limited narrator but from Nancy’s point of view. That works very well because you get to know Nancy’s thoughts and her view of the story.

There is nearly always a positive mood throughout the short story. There are only good people mentioned in the text like Miss Dietrich and Miss O’Shay. The committee is the only bad people who are mentioned. The language in the text is also making the story positive because there are almost no negative words and sentences. Instead there are many positive descriptions of dreams and persons in the text. The means in the text is also making the story positive. For example the symbols in the text are nearly all positive. A good example of that is Nancy’s frame to her picture. She chooses the color blue for the frame, which symbolizes many positive things like peace, loyalty and harmony. Langston Hughes also tries to have an effect on us. He is a typical American author who is only talking good about his country and you can hear that he is proud of his country. Therefore he tries to get us the feeling that it´s good to be colored in America in the 1950s at least in the North. But he is an African American so he also want to set focus on the problem of discrimination in America.

It looks like that it´s good to be colored in the story because it looks like they have rights and because there is justice in the story. But one Friday morning the color of Nancy’s skin…

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