In “Let America be America again”, Langston Hughes creates sympathies through metaphor and parallel structure o show that with great economy is built above slavery, blood and tears. The poem has reflected during the old time America, African americans and people from low class has got treated very unfairly. The only people who reached the American dream were the only 1 percent of the Americans. Therefore, rest of the american has suffered a lot from the 1 percent and they gain nothing from them but just an impossible American dream. America was built up by the people who try to chase dream, freedom, equality and liberty. As a matter of fact, this statement is only able apply to the people from Europe. Actually they had already went went wait …show more content…
During that period of time, African American could be the most cruel people in America. Though in modern time America, congress has removed slavery laws, but black people were not getting a lot of respects. Whenever they go to a restroom, there are white restroom and colored restroom. Also, they have set up the different section of trains which is colored section and white section. The saddest part is that when an African american has the same job a white people has, he would most likely to get lower pays than the white people, or even can not get pays. The society has been so cruel to African americans. So it is so far from the “All men are created equal”. So if we want to let America be America again, we should deny the color of skins make differences, but admit that everyone no matter what color he is, he is a man."Let it be the dream it used to be.Let it be the pioneer on the plain "Seeking a home where he himself is free.Man should not be treated differently because of the differences on religions. From the matter of fact that no matter what kind of religion, people believes in God, but different kind of God. Christian had reject the atheist a lot, also other religions too. America was built base on the freedom of religion, so that atheist and other religious should stand on the same stage, and there is no the better religion in this nation. People should treat each others the same instead of treating …show more content…
"Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,We, the people, must redeemThe land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.The mountains and the endless plain—All, all the stretch of these great green states—And make America again!” The free America is actually not free, the words on the constitution are just words. The dream has fade away. All these hard working people, all of their bloods and tears had really make the 1 percent of the American’s American dream came true. The reality is such a chaos for the narrator. he has suffered so much from this reality, so he now wants to share his idea to all the readers and try to wake them up, this is not the America that want, this is not the society they want. The American dream does not exist. This nation has carried so many people’s hope and dreams, though during that time of period they could not make America be America again, now people can. Nowadays, people is on their way to make America be America. But First, people should treat each other the same. And admit that every man is just a man. It is been a long time coming for this nation, but one day America will be America
In the poem "Let America Be America Again," Langston Hughes paints a vivid word picture of a depressed America in the 1930's. To many living in America, the idealism presented as the American Dream had escaped their grasp. In this poetic expression, a speaker is allowed to voice the unsung Americans' concern of how America was intended to be, had become to them, and could aspire to be again.
In one of Langston’s poems titled, “Let America Be America Again”, he writes “And yet must be- the land where every man is free / The land that's mine- the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, Me.” (Lines 63-64). This poem tells how America was founded for the free. People could go there to live free lives and not be under ruling. Even though this is true for some, the poor men and Indians were not treated equally and the black people were enslaved. Even after
Dubbed as “The Greatest Country in the World” by god knows who, America is not as awesome and free as some may see. In doing a close reading of Heather Christle’s “Five Poems for America”, we can see how the author uses metaphors to portray a flawed American, specifically within its political system, religion, obsession with technology and basic human rights. Americans have been living with the oppression of these everyday issues, completely oblivious thus creating the America we infamously know today.
The Harlem Renaissance gave a voice to many gifted artists, writers, and poets. Perhaps, for the first time, people were using the arts on a broad scale to give national and international voice to the long-silenced personal and political struggles of America’s ethnic other, specifically the African-American. Among the many gifted poets of the movement, Langston Hughes is, easily, one of the most recognizable and influential. Although his poems are lyrically beautiful, many of them also admonish a mythologized, free America as little more than a quaint, and for many, wholly unattainable model. Two of Hughes’ best known works, “Let American Be America Again” and “I, Too” speak directly to the grotesque imbalance of freedoms and rights in the U.S.. Using a number of literary devices, Hughes creates poems that are as poetically striking as they are politically and socially defiant. Through precise word choice, metaphor, and physical structure, Hughes creates multi-dimensional speakers who address two separate and unequal audiences. In these anthem-like poems, the speakers expound on their overwhelming desire for equality, unity, and freedom by addressing the short-comings of a capitalist system that makes commodities out of oppressed individuals and populations. Hughes’s poems focus on the American dream, a fantasy that is off-limits to anyone on the wrong side of the color line or income gap; however, despite their scathing criticisms, a patriotic hopefulness resides at the core of these two poems.
Langston Hughes uses the word America throughout his poem. He isn’t using it to represent the country itself, he is using the word to represent “The American Dream” and freedom, even though they aren’t truly free in America. In Langston's poem “Let America be America Again” Hughes includes the word America over and over. In restating America he represents the “American Dream” and freedom to all citizens. Later he explains that everyone in America isn’t free and many are still being oppressed.
Let America Be America Again, written by Langston Hughes, was written to make a satirical statement about the American Dream. He uses personification, alliteration, and imagery to bring home his point that the “dream the dreamers dreamed” (Hughes ???) not only has never existed but will never truly exist for the common man. According to the speaker, assumed to be Hughes but in reality could be anyone who is hopeless and unhappy in this land where “equality is in the air we breathe” (???), that as long as there are “kings” and “tyrants” (???), the American Dream is only an unobtainable goal but is something that must be kept alive.
Even though Hughes wanted to paint the perfect picture for how America should be, how others should live, what should be allowed, what should be accepted, etc., it happened to be a presently false representation of how the American people are living. The words of, “Let America Be Great Again”, come from a young man who didn’t have too much due to being driven off his land. The young man is aware what life really is, and how hard life can really be for some. Also, a servant, he represented those who may have been too weak from working in fields and struggling to survive in this “land of dreams”; Hughes stated (1936), “Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed -- Let it be that great strong land of love”. Nevertheless, Donald Trump presents
“Only Tanya passed the medical exam. This meant that, despite the family’s crying protest, she went alone to the dormitory, while her family was sent to the hospital for overnight observation” (Page two) found in Tanya at Ellis Island. Humans were being treated like animals on how America was deciding whether or not they could come in. Due to health and education examinations, they would be rejected or granted access; even though they were coming to America for a better life to help their health and improve their education. Stated in Let American Be American Again by Langston Hughes “I am the Negro, servant to you all. I am the people, humble and hungry, mean- Hungry yet today despite the dream. Beaten yet today- O, Pioneers” (Stanza ten). Treatment given to the dominant race compared to the minority, changed the chances of the American Dream being attained. Behavior toward the proletariat crushed the ability to gain the American
Alexis de Tocqueville and Langston Hughes both have their own ideas about what America is, was, and should be. Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America praises American democracy in which everyone is included. This inclusion allows for democracy that everyone can be a part of and feel like they are contributing. On the contrary, Langston Hughes’s “Let America Be America Again” depicts an excluding America that does not treat everyone equivalently. Hughes portrays America as a misrepresentation that does not uphold the ideals that it is so famous for. The two works contrast in many ways but do have some similarities. Although their ideas are different, politics is still a choice. Tocqueville describes politics as a choice that everyone should make as it benefits them all while Hughes describes politics as a choice that some do not have the power to take part in. The differing sentiments between Democracy in America and “Let America Be America Again” stem
Langston Hughes’ poem “let America be America Again” shows the many challenges a country faces to be its best self. Countries are controlled by human beings who are not perfect and it is a reflection of their ideas beliefs and values and as people change a nation change as well. However, a nation must live up to the expectation of the people and hold their beliefs and values to be its truest self possible. If a nation can not do this then it is up to the people to foster
In the inspiring poem- I, too, sing America- Langston Hughes, states real life situations of the constant battle of racism in the world. A servant to the white family, waiting on their every move, making sure they are taken care of before himself. This poem can have a wide range of racial statements or actions, the black male does not seem to have fear, through his courageous actions, putting the consequences he may face aside to prove a point. A small act of bravery through this world wide sickness some people have, can make an enormous impact of many lives, regardless of race.
Many may agree with the message Langston Hughes was conveying in his poem entitled Let America Be America Again, wishing things didn't happen the way it did that caused America to look corruptive. I felt as though throughout his poem based on the title he states the hardships that Americans had to face in the past and even how America is glorified as "land of the free" but with many struggles as well the terrible things that have occured in America it will never be America again and Hughes knows that because there is no such thing as "America being America again" he only wishes it was that way.
Thesis: The poems “Negro”, “I Too”, and “Song for a Dark Girl” by Langston Hughes was written around an era of civil inequality. A time when segregation was a customary thing and every African American persevered through civil prejudice. Using his experience, he focuses his poems on racial and economic inequality. Based on his biographical information, he uses conflict to illustrate the setting by talking about hardships only a Negro would comprehend and pride only a Negro can experience, which helps maintain his racial inequality theme.
Dreams are aspirations that people hope to achieve in their lifetime. They are a motive that drives lives to accomplish goals. When trying to achieve these goals, people can do anything. However, what happens when a dream is deferred? A dream cast aside can frustrate a person in the deepest way. It tends to permeate their thoughts and becomes an unshakable burden. In the poem “Harlem,” Langston Hughes, through literary technique, raises strong themes through a short amount of language.
Langston Hughes’s poem “I Dream A World” grants a voice to any person, who has been exposed to a life in racial prejudice and inequality, including the writer. That voice belongs to any black person, who has lived the poorer than poor life. This life was full of consistent violation of basic human rights, full of frustration, and overflowing with hopelessness. Upon closer examination, the situation of the poem uncovers the painstakingly raw yearning for humanity and equality.