The Mother Of Son By Langston Hughes Essay

1726 Words Jul 21st, 2016 7 Pages
Not everyone is born equal to one another. Some may be lucky and have everything set out for them, some are born with just enough to satisfy their needs, and some are unfortunate and starts out with little to nothing at all. However, it is those who starts out with the least amount of things that have the most potentials. In the poem, “Mother to Son”, a mother writes to her son encouraging him and to tell him to never give up. Throughout the story, the mother reveals a little bit about her own life explains what she did to get to where she is today. Through the use of the poem,”Mother to Son”, Langston Hughes through the use of metaphor, explores the struggle to live free from oppression as an African American in America. In “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes, the mother tells her son about how throughout her life, she had to do what she can to live. For the mother, things weren’t all that luxurious and that everywhere she goes she would be met with new challenges that cannot be avoided. As such, she would be force to overcome it herself. The first half of the poem talks about just that:
Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor-
Bare.(Hughes 901)
In these first few lines of the letter, the one thing that stands out the most is the mother’s language. Based on the mother’s use of language and imagery, one can infer that she most likely did not have an…

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