In the beginning of their relationship, Cora felt something like love for Colonel Norwood and he for her because they seemed to be drawn to each other. For example, when Colonel spotted her outside at night, Cora’s “mouth opened… In the shadow of the live oak tree there by the road” (Hughes 217). Hughes uses the diction of the “shadow” and the “moon” to create a perfect moonlight embrace. Cora’s Aunt Tobie advises her to “[take] some pride about yo’self” before she goes over to the Big House (Hughes 215). Cora looked her best to be attractive and to catch Colonel’s attention. Colonel Norwood “felt something like love for her” because he fathered her children and had an intimate relationship with her. Cora had “given h...
... middle of paper ...
... from the Colonel to avoid any confrontation. She wanted him to be like Willie, her eldest son, and just obey everything Colonel ordered. But there was a sharp turn when Bert killed the Colonel because she realized Colonel was always going to be part of the white mob. He would always be “runnin’ ma po’ little helpless Bert through de fields in de dark for to lynch him and to kill him” (Hughes 247). Cora learns to defy the Colonel and his people to fight for her son. She gains a new sassy attitude when she refers to the white folk. For example, she said, “is that all you wanted to say to me?” (Hughes 249). Through Bert and the Colonel’s death, Cora learns to be bold and to take care of her son. Hughes efficiently characterizes Cora as selfless, crazy, and brave throughout the story to show her devotion to protecting her son and her change of behavior towards Colonel.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- In chemistry, there are specific set of laws, which make sure to separate certain liquids and powders that are incompatible with each other, but if by mistake one or two incompatible chemicals or powders are placed with one another there is a negative reaction and similar to chemistry’s set of laws, “there are people like those certain liquids or powders; at a given moment they come into a room, or into a town, even into a country—and the place is never the same again. Things bubble, boil, [and] change.... [tags: Literary Analysis, Father Son]
1711 words (4.9 pages)
- BIOGRAPHY I James Mercer Langston-Hughes is a product of Joplin, Missouri where he was born to his parents, Carrie Langston and James Hughes, on February 1, 1902. Hughes’ parents divorced after his father was not accepted into Law school and moved to Mexico. After his father’s departure, Hughes’ mother began to travel to various cities in hopes of finding better work. This caused Hughes to live with his grandmother, and then another family after his grandmother’s death in 1912. Hughes eventually met with his newlywed mom in Cleveland, Ohio, where he also began high school.... [tags: African American, Langston Hughes]
1544 words (4.4 pages)
- Biography On February 1, 1902, Langston Hughes was born James Mercer Langston Hughes in Joplin, Missouri. He is the son of James and Carrie Hughes, but they would later divorce after his birth. During his parents ' divorce, he was raised by his grandmother. Years later as a teen he would move to Cleveland, Ohio with his mother. One day at school his English teacher introduced him to poets Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman, which would be his influence to writing poetry. He would write poems for his school magazine, but would get rejected.... [tags: Langston Hughes, African American]
1048 words (3 pages)
- Langston Hughes Langston Hughes expresses his poems with the connection of jazz blues music and African Americans expressing themselves by dancing and following the beat to the music rhythm describing flashbacks of the past and comparing them to present day using imagery, figurative language describing and punctuation, which makes the reader think about African Americans in the past and how they are treated different today. Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri on February 1,1902. When he was a young child his parents divorced, and his father moved to Mexico.... [tags: Langston Hughes, African American, Jazz]
1299 words (3.7 pages)
- Langston Hughes expresses his poems with the connection of jazz blues music and African Americans expressing themselves by dancing and following the beat to the music rhythm describing flashbacks of the past and comparing them to present day using imagery, figurative language describing and punctuation, which makes the reader think about African Americans in the past and how they are treated different today. Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri on February 1,1902. When he was a young child his parents divorced, and his father moved to Mexico.... [tags: Langston Hughes, African American, Jazz]
1186 words (3.4 pages)
- ... He came back to the U.S on November 1924, and worked as a busboy at a hotel in Washington, D.C. Later that year he met poet Vachel Lindsay and showed her his poems. She was very impressed, that she promoted his poetry to bring a mass audience. His poem " The Weary Blues" won first prize in 1925, and received a scholarship to Lincoln University. Novelist and storyteller Carl Van Vecten became aware of Langston poems and used his connections to get Langston his first book of The Weary Blues. The book became popular which established his poetic style of writing.... [tags: Langston Hughes, African American, Writing]
728 words (2.1 pages)
- Langston Hughes's stories deal with and serve as a commentary of conditions befalling African Americans during the Depression Era. As Ostrom explains, "To a great degree, his stories speak for those who are disenfranchised, cheated, abused, or ignored because of race or class." (51) Hughes's stories speak of the downtrodden African-Americans neglected and overlooked by a prejudiced society. The recurring theme of powerlessness leads to violence is exemplified by the actions of Sargeant in "On the Road", old man Oyster in "Gumption", and the robber in "Why, You Reckon?" Hughes's "On the Road" explores what happens when a powerless individual takes action on behalf of his conditions.... [tags: Poetry Poem Langston Hughes]
842 words (2.4 pages)
- Poetry Analysis "Harlem" was written by Langsatn Hughes. This poem is focusing on the American-African neighborhood "Harlem" in New York City in mid-twenties while the society was filling with discriminations and racism. "My Father as A Guitar" was written by Martin Espada. In the poem, the speaker is comparing his father, who has a heart problem, with a guitar. "Charon 's Cosmology" was written by Charles Simic in 1977. This poem is mainly about a ferryman, whose job is to transfer souls of dead.... [tags: Metaphor, Simile, Writing, Analogy]
882 words (2.5 pages)
- A Historical Perspective of Langston Hughes A Historical Perspective of Langston Hughes Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. He lived in an unstable home environment as his father abandoned the family and moved to Mexico. His father studied law but was prohibited from testing for the bar exam due to his race. This may have led to his decision to leave the states (Pesonen, 1997-2008). His mother was a school teacher was but was always traveling to find employment with better wages.... [tags: Literary Analysis]
1006 words (2.9 pages)
- Growing up and being raised by his grandmother, Langston Hughes drew from her wisdom and life struggles. His mother had moved from place to place as she tried to raise her son and maybe could not support him with the little money she may have received. His father had left after one year of marriage to his mother. His mother allowed her mother to raise him and help provide for his needs. In the poem, “Mother to Son”, this conversation may have occurred on one of her visits. He may have been at a low point in his life where people were telling him not to pursuit becoming a poet.... [tags: Poetry Analysis]
511 words (1.5 pages)