Symbolism In Hughes's Poem Mother To Son By Langston Hughes

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Mothers from all around the world wish their offspring’s the best in their lives. Those mothers who sacrifice themselves to give their children a better opportunity and the ones after. The poem “Mother to Son” written by Langston Hughes in 1922 but published in Hughes’s first collection The Weary Blues in 1926. Langston Hughes uses symbolism, imagery and metaphor to teach and advice the young generation.
In Hughes’s Poem “Mother to Son” there are many symbolism. For example, when the mother told her son “Life for me ain 't been no crystal stair.” (Hughes 1018). However, in the Roman Catholic religion there is this story about Jacob’s dream. In his dreams he saw a ladder that united earth with heaven. The ladder was used by God’s seraphs. “ He dreamed that he saw a stairway reaching from earth to heaven, with angels going up and coming down on it” (Genesis 28-12). Maybe the mother wanted to tell her son her life was not easy as Jacob’s dream she had to make a lot of scarifies for herself and her beloved ones. Also, when she states,
“It 's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—” (Hughes 1018).

Symbolizes how much misery she has been enduring during her whole life. Her memory was fresh and remembered them like yesterday that suffering that she does not
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She has reached a place she could not felt what she was looking for, so, she turn around and turn in corners to look again meaning that she has never stopped. “Where there ain’t been no light” (Hughes 1018) it did not matter to her if there was light or no light. Furthermore, She did not give up in life. She has been going from place to place to find her happiness a place where she can feel free and have a prosperous life with her family. The Mother all she wanted for her son to take her advise to never give up in life to keep chasing whatever her son wants to

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