In the poem "I, Too, Sing America" by Langston Hughes, the speaker talks of being discriminated against because of his skin color. The speaker talks of a dream he has in which he will not be judged for his race.Continue Reading
In the poem, the speaker states that he is also an American, but that the country is ashamed of him. During the period in which it was written, African-Americans were treated as second-class citizens and were subjected to Jim Crow laws.
By continuing to state that he is also an American, the speaker is letting the audience know that he is equal to others and should be given the same liberties as white Americans.Learn more about Classics
"Salvation" is a short personal narrative from Langston Hughes' childhood about the struggle to reconcile adult concepts with a childish mind. Detailing an afternoon he spends in a church waiting for a literal light and epiphany to reveal Jesus to him, the short story ultimately reveals that Hughes lied about being saved in order to please his aunt and later wept over the deception.Full Answer >
The overriding theme of Langston Hughes' short story "Salvation," is of disillusionment with organized religion. As one of the writers of the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes believed that African Americans should celebrate their own culture rather than looking to society's institutions.Full Answer >
A major critic of Langston Hughes' "Mother to Son" was Aidan Wasley. Wasley wrote an essay on the poem exploring its place in African-American history. He argues that the mother in the poem represents the African-American historical voice.Full Answer >
Frequently referred to incorrectly as "Dreams" or ""Dream Deferred," the poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes first appeared in print in 1951. The short poem appeared originally as part of the poetry collection titled "Montage of a Dream Deferred."Full Answer >