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An Analysis Of A Dream Deferred By Langston Hughes

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A dream deferred analysis

A dream is a goal in life, not just dreams experienced during sleep. Most people use their dreams as a way of setting future goals for themselves. Dreams can help to assist people in getting further in life because it becomes a personal accomplishment. Langston Hughes's poem "Dream Deferred" speaks about what happens to dreams when they are put on hold. The poem leaves it up to the reader to decide what dream is being questioned. The poem A Dream Deferred discusses the many potential consequences that can occur when a dream is not realized soon enough. These six moments illustrate the different ways that a deferred dream can die, and consequently harm its dreamer. Langston Hughes, the speaker of the poem, expresses his concern over his deferred dreams as they relate to his many ruined goals. The dream may perish in six hypothetical ways, all of which are quite damaging to Hughes as the dreamer.
Hughes shows his fear of having his dreams deferred by portraying only negative possibilities. He speculates that deferred dreams may dry, fester, stink, crust, sag or explode. Hughes never supposes that his dream may wait, patiently and without damage, for its moment to be realized because he thinks this to be impossible. This learned helplessness was likely conditioned when Hughes was a young boy, trying to succeed as the only black student in a white school. While he dreamed to be treated as the other students were, “the teacher singled him out for his brownness, and several of his classmates would climax the day by throwing stones or epithets at him” (Presley, page 2) Hughes had to work harder than the other students to earn the respect of his biased teachers...

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...Hughes finds that he is unable to accomplish what he wishes to, his confidence in himself will perish as do his dreams in the poem. As a writer and as a person, Hughes is composed of his literary successes and failures, or his dreams for success and nightmares of failure. “The poem does not choose the dream but leaves it up to the reader.” From the reflective nature of the poem, a reader can infer that the dream about which the poem is written is of Hughes himself, and his success. In his poem, Hughes considers the many ways that his dreams, and in turn and he, can die.
Langston Hughes explains in his poem that dreams that are not actualized quickly will inevitably die. Though the content of Hughes’ dream is not stated specifically, all dreams are a mirror image of their dreamer. Hughes worries for his own future and expresses that worry through rhyme and similes.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how langston hughes' poem "dream deferred" discusses the many potential consequences that can occur when a dream is not realized soon enough.
  • Analyzes how hughes shows his fear of having his dreams deferred by portraying only negative possibilities. this learned helplessness was likely conditioned when he was a young boy, trying to succeed as the only black student.
  • Analyzes how hughes' hypothesizing over the ways in which a dream may die suggests that he has experienced the different deaths of his different dreams and is distressed thinking about how his recently deferred dream will inevitably die.
  • Analyzes how hughes incorporates rhyme into his poem to create a reflective effect. the poem expresses his feelings about the actualization of his dreams, which contribute to his self-image.
  • Analyzes how hughes explains in his poem that dreams that are not actualized quickly will inevitably die. all dreams are a mirror image of their dreamer.
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