Essay on Short Story Critique

921 Words Jan 15th, 2011 4 Pages
The short story “Who‘s Passing for Who” by Langston Hughes was influenced by Hughes’ background in his society. This racial influenced story exemplifies how people thought of and interacted with those of a different race and those of a similar color. Hughes proves his credibility in writing the piece through his experiences that he endured in his lifetime during the Harlem Renaissance. The life he led was filled with daily racism and discrimination; he experienced much of his subject matter regarding racial and social tension first hand. Langston Hughes’ “Who‘s Passing for Who” clues the reader into the issues that were present during Hughes’ lifetime. Hughes’ short story opens with the narrator explaining how white people feel …show more content…
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Hughes’ belief that race discrimination greatly hindered the United States. In Hughes’ eyes, an essential piece of the puzzle to solve World War 2 was to incorporate all of it’s citizens, even black individuals. He also points out that America, that is supposedly a “democracy” in fact, is not. In order to be a democracy, a nation has to take all citizens’ ideology into consideration, and the United States was not doing that. Langston’s “Who’s Passing for Who” demonstrates the fact that “color blind” people are natural and comfortable people. When the black folks believed that they were among other black people, they became closer. However, in reality, the “black people” were really white people. Therefore, color really had no effect on their relationship, it was their beliefs and sociality influence that separated them. Once the factor of beliefs were gone, nothing held back the peace and unity in their group. Langston Hughes’ “Who’s Passing for Who” shows the issues regarding racial discrimination that was occurring at the time of the piece and confronts those issues with a solution of “color-blind” people. The Harlem Renaissance allowed Langston Hughes’ ideas to penetrate the minds throughout the country. His ideas in “Who’s Passing for Who” displayed his dream of a “color-blind” world. Langston Hughes was not only essential to the development of the Harlem Renaissance,

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