Racial Conflict Going On At The Time Of The Harlem Essay

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The inspiration behind Langston Hughes poetry was the racial conflict going on at the time of the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes took his poetry and voiced his opinion on politics, current events, and his thoughts about what an American should be. The contradiction of being both black and American was a significant one for Hughes. Although this anomaly was troublesome, his situation as such granted him an almost desired status. Due to his place as a black American poet, his work was all the more accessible. Hughes’ black experience was sensationalized. Using his black experience as a façade, Hughes was able to depict throughout his poetry the black American dream. Langston Hughes, the American dreamer, wrote, “Harlem,” “I, Too,” and “Theme for an English B.” In each of these literary works, a common theme is shared the dream of the black American dreamer.
In “Harlem,” Hughes asks, “What happens to a dream that is deferred?” (“Harlem” ) What do these dreams do? What type of outcome does ignoring a dream cause? He continues by stating this simile: "Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?" (“Harlem” 3) In using this simile he is stating that dreaming can be both good and bad. Hughes is conveying to the reader that dreams can suck the life out of a person, mentally dehydrating them. Furthermore, he writes that a dream deferred can also “crust and sugar over” (“Harlem” 7) just “like a raisin in the sun” (“Harlem” 3). Many black Americans at the time of the Harlem Renaissance went…

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