Theme For English B By Langston Hughes Essay

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In the poem, “Theme for English B”, by Langston Hughes, Hughes speaks about how Harlem has brought all cultures together and how the city gives people a voice when they feel like they don’t have one. Hughes does this by using visual imagery and painting a picture of the unity that Harlem makes when bringing cultures together. He also uses structure to emphasize how stepping into Harlem allows for people to have voice and, finally Hughes uses metaphors to compare Harlem to the famous melting pot that America is, to show that we are all united as one. Hughes paints a picture of what a colored person likes along with also suggesting that a white person likes these things too. For example, in the stanzas twenty-two through twenty-six, he says. “ I like to work, read, learn, and understand life. “I like a pipe for a Christmas present, or records- Bessie, Bop, or Bach. “I guess being colored doesn’t make me not like the same things other folks like/ who are the other races.” (22-26)
Hughes paints the vivid image of what a colored person enjoys but also shows that as a reader, we can also picture a white person liking all of those things listed too. This is seen clearly in stanza twenty-five, “I guess being colored doesn’t make me not like the same things other folks like/ who are the other races.” It is clearly seen in this stanza that Hughes is saying a colored person is not different from a non-colored since both of them can relate to liking the same music, and wanting…

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