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Analysis of Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes

- Analysis of Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes Dreams are the driving force of America today. Every person has some sort of dreams and or goals. Although in life everyone has dreams and goals, there are obviously more struggles for some ethnic groups than for others. The poem, "Dream Deferred," by Langston Hughes, is one man's expression of his dreams during a difficult time period. As a black man in a time period where African-Americans were considered an inferior group of people,dreams and goals would have been difficult to realize....   [tags: Dream Deferred Langston Hughes Essays]

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Power of Langston Hughes' Harlem (A Dream Deferred)

- Power of Langston Hughes' Harlem (A Dream Deferred) In our journey through life, we all have certain expectations of how we would like our lives to be. All of us strive to reach a certain level of self-actulization and acceptance. It could thus be said that all of us live a dream. Some of these individual dreams inevitably become the collective dream of many people. In "Harlem (A Dream Deferred)", Langston Hughes makes use of symbolism as well as powerful sensory imagery to show us the emotions that he and his people go through in their quest for freedom and equality....   [tags: Hughes Harlem Dream Deferred Essays]

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A Dream Deferred By Langston Hughes

- Langston Hughes was an important figure in writing about the struggles of African Americans. His poems express vivid imagery that allows readers to understand the conflicts blacks went through during the 1900’s. In his poem, “A Dream Deferred”, Langston Hughes describes the attitudes of black Americans during times of struggle and limited rights. Blacks had dreams in the 1900’s such as economic, social, and educational equality, and other basic civil rights. Unfortunately, racism was a barrier that got in the way of achieving these goals....   [tags: African American, Langston Hughes]

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The Transformation of a Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes

- ... Walter dreams of opening a liquor store because it is “a business transaction that’s going to change our lives.” His success earns him a “plain black Chrysler”, a house of his own with a gardener named Jefferson, a devoted wife, and the ability to send his son to “all the great schools in the world!” Hansberry reveals a bitter reality embedded in Walter’s dream, which shows it is hollow. In Walter’s dream, he has become the master of his ideal realm with all the injustice that has often come with that role....   [tags: wealth, power, dream]

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Langston Hughes' Dream Deferred

- langston huges - dream defered After the Civil War won the black people their freedom, it seemed as though their dreams of great opportunities were finally going to come true. However, they were met by even more obstacles, which left the blacks to wonder if their dreams had any chance of occurring, or if they should just give up. In his poem, “Harlem,” Langston Hughes used increasingly destructive imagery to present his warning of what will happen if you delay working towards your goal. Hughes’ first two images depict withering and drying, a sense of death....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Forgotten Dream in A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes

- Although Langston Hughes’s poem “A Dream Deferred” may look small and basic at first glance, there are many hidden meanings significant to the poem’s important meaning. First of all, what one may initially notice is the odd format of the poem. One line is essentially asking the question of “what happens to a dream deferred?” and the lines below it, all indented, offer some possible explanations. Finally, this poem closes off with one final possible answer in italics questioning whether the dream deferred “explodes”....   [tags: poems, alert, hidden meaning]

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"Dream Deferred" by Langston Hughes

- Langston Hughes was a prominent figure in writing about the struggles of African Americans. In his work, "Dream Deferred," he ponders the question what happens when a person's dreams are destroyed. The opening line of Hughes' poem asks the question, "What happens when dreams are deferred" or postponed. He refers to several possible scenarios, all with a negative effect. His first scenario is "a raisin in the sun." This symbolizes a hardening. If a dream is destroyed it hardens the heart. It becomes useless just the like the dried up raisin....   [tags: Poetry]

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A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes and My Little Dreams by Georgia Douglas Johnson

- The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement during the 1920s and 1930s, in which African-American art, music and literature flourished. It was significant in many ways, one, because of its success in destroying racist stereotypes and two, to help African-Americans convey their hard lives and the prejudice they experienced. In this era, two distinguished poets are Langston Hughes, who wrote the poem “A Dream Deferred” and Georgia Douglas Johnson who wrote “My Little Dreams”. These two poems address the delayment of justice, but explore it differently, through their dissimilar uses of imagery, tone and diction....   [tags: Compare Contrast Comparison]

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Harlem By Langston Hughes

- Harlem By Langston Hughes Throughout life, people are always deciding what to do with themselves. But along with what they want to do with their life, they always have that certain dream that they hope to accomplish. Not to say that it is to be rich, cause that is probably a lot of people's dream, which is why we have the lottery. But it is that certain dream that in the future the person will be happy that they finally set out their dream to come true. But not all get to live out their dream....   [tags: Dream Deferred Langston Hughes Essays]

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Literature and Communities in “Shiloh” by Bobbie Ann Mason, “The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara and "Dream Deferred" by Langston Hughes

- I chose to write about the story “Shiloh” by Bobbie Ann Mason, “The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara and Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes. I chose these works because all of them are about values, morals, beliefs and custom culture. The story “Shiloh” is about a community / couple who discover that they had different values, morals and beliefs; “The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara is about a teacher who tries to facilitate the youth in her community and Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes questions one’s values and offer suggestions for the effects of delaying values....   [tags: community, poetry, ]

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A Dream Deferred: Harlem

- The ‘dream deferred’ was a prolonged, deferred, and exasperated dream of African Americans; the dream of triumphing over prejudice and inequality and achieving freedom and justice. In the poem, Harlem, Langston Hughes poses a question of what happens when these dreams are ignored or delayed. The poem is written in free verse and is built upon rhetorical question, to engage the reader about deferring their own dreams. The author uses similes to ground and explain the importance and danger of deferred dreams....   [tags: Langston Hughes poem analysis]

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Lorraine Hansberry 's A Dream Deferred

- A Raisin in The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry is realistic fiction in which the play’s title and the characters represent the play’s theme. The play focused on Black America’s struggles to reach the American Dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness during the 1950’s and the 1960’s the idea of everyone having the chance to achieve a better life should exist for all. Hansberry created her title using a line from Langston Hughes’ poem “A Dream Deferred”. The original poem was written in 1951 about Harlem....   [tags: African American, Langston Hughes]

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A Raisin In The Sun: A Dream Deferred

- “What happens to a dream deferred?” (Hughes l. 1) Langston Hughes asks in his 1959 poem “Dream Deferred.” He suggests that it might “dry up like a raisin in the sun” (Hughes ll. 2-3) or “stink like rotten meat” (Hughes l. 6); however, at the end of the poem, Hughes offers another alternative by asking, “Or does it explode?” (Hughes l. 11) This is the view Lorraine Hansberry supports in her 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun, in witch she examines an African-American’s family’s struggle to break out of the poverty that is preventing them from achieving some sort of financial stability, or the American Dream....   [tags: Langston Hughes]

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Analysis of Harlem (A Dream Deferred) and A Raisin in the Sun

- In Langston Hughes’ poem, the author gives us vivid examples of how dreams get lost in the weariness of everyday life. The author uses words like dry, fester, rot, and stink, to give us a picture of how something that was originally intended for good, could end up in defeat. Throughout the play, I was able to feel how each character seemed to have their dreams that fell apart as the story went on. I believe the central theme of the play has everything to do with the pain each character goes thru after losing control of the plans they had in mind....   [tags: Langston Hughes, poetry, Lorraine Hansberry]

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The Story Of A Dream Deferred

- The Story of a Dream Deferred The United States of America is known today as the land of the free and home of the brave, but it has not always been like this. Equality among all is nothing but a dream. The year is 1951, and racism is stronger than ever. In cities around the country, African Americans are segregated and deprived of their goals and dreams. Not many voices speak out against this injustice, but one man stands strong to face such an injustice. Throughout the criticism, he held the same message: the world needs to change....   [tags: African American, Jazz, Harlem Renaissance]

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Putting Your Dream on a Shelf: Langston Hughes' "Harlem"

- Langston Hughes’s “Harlem”, or “Dream Deferred”, is a poem that talks about what happens when one postpones a dream. It consists of a series of similes and ends with a metaphor. The speaker’s objective is to get the reader to think about what happens to a dream that is put off, postponed; what happens when each person creates their very own shelve of dreams. The “dream” refers to a goal in life, not the dreams that one has while sleeping, but one’s deepest desires. There are many ways to understand this poem varying from person to person....   [tags: Dreams, Langston Hughes, Harlem, poetry, African A]

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The Life & Poems of Langston Hughes

- During a time in American History were African Americans had no rights of freedom of speech or even a right to vote. Growing up in many different cities and living with many relatives, Langston Hughes experienced poverty. Langston Hughes used poetry to speak to the people. Langston Hughes is a pioneer of African American literature and the Harlem renaissance error. Mr. Hughes dedicated his poems to the struggles, pride, dreams, and racial injustices of African American people. Langston Hughes was born James Langston Hughes, February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri....   [tags: poetry, Langston Hughes, racism,]

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Dreams in Harlem by Langston Hughes

- "Harlem" by Langston Hughes uses similes in everyday life to make sense of what can happen to a deferred dream. There are many different possible outcomes. Harlem has been known, prior to the twentieth century for being an African American community stricken with crime and poverty. Now it is a booming cultural and business center and they are experiencing a social and economic renaissance. The poem mentions in the first line a deferred dream (line 1). A dream that is postponed or delayed, and asks what happens to that dream....   [tags: Harlem, Langston Hughes]

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Analysis Of `` Harlem `` By Langston Hughes

- Langston Hughes, a remarkable and talented social activist, poet, and writer, displays the realistic internal struggles of African Americans through his writing. Hughes wrote during an era where social inequality weighed heavily on the American nation. Hughes was able to display the internal conflicts of frustrated African Americans, in regards to their goals and dreams, in his poem, “Harlem”. Utilizing poetic devices, Hughes is able to successfully display the emotional conflicts of the frustrations that African Americans faced in regards to their goals and dreams during the 1950’s....   [tags: Langston Hughes, African American]

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Langston Hughes : The Harlem Renaissance

- Langston Hughes Research Paper Langston Hughes was an African American poet who emerged during the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance strongly influenced most of Langston Hughes’s writing. In such works as “Dream”, “Still Here”, “Dream Deferred”, and “Justice” you see the clear messages that are trying to be voiced through his work. To understand why someone writes the way they do, we must understand where they come from. Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, in nineteen-oh-two. He grew up with his grandmother due to his parents being separated....   [tags: Langston Hughes, African American]

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Dreams Deferred In Langston Hughes’s poem, Harlem

- In Langston Hughes’s poem, Harlem, he questions what happens to a “dream deferred” and he lists multiple possibilities that all involve a dream going away (Hughes, Harlem). This poem seems to define Hughes’s life of not wanting to see his own dreams pass him by despite moving from place to place due to his parents’ separation and economic struggles (Otfinoski). Beyond that, Hughes faced racism that could have gotten in the way of his own goals, but instead of letting this deter him, he used it as fuel to pursue a literary career....   [tags: discrimination, racism, writer]

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Analysis Of Langston Hughes And Maya Angelou

- In this essay I will be arguing how Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou similar writing styles affected their community and brought to light a positive way of thinking. Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, and novelist from Missouri. Hughes played an influential role in the Harlem Renaissance era. Hughes was known for being conscious and it echoed in his work. He used music as well as imagery to tell the world the struggles that African-Americans endure in their era. Hughes poems told stories that were relatable and reflected his community....   [tags: African American, Langston Hughes, Black people]

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Analysis Of Langston Hughes 's ' The Weary Blues '

- 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]

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Dreams of Blacks Deferred in the Poetry of Langston Hughes

- Dreams of Blacks Deferred in the Poetry of Langston Hughes   The poetry of Langston Hughes, the poet laureate of Harlem, is an effective commentary on the condition of blacks in America during the 20th Century. Hughes places particular emphasis on Harlem, a black area in New York that became a destination of many hopeful blacks in the first half of the 1900's. In much of Hughes' poetry, a theme that runs throughout is that of a "dream deferred." The recurrence of a "dream deferred" in several Hughes poems paints a clear picture of the disappointment and dismay that blacks in America faced in Harlem....   [tags: Harlem Island Good Morning Comment on Curb]

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Unfulfilled Dreams Exposed in Hughes' Harlem

- Unfulfilled Dreams Exposed in Hughes's Harlem       Most of us have dreams that we one day hope to fulfill. They could be little dreams that will take little time and effort to accomplish, or they could be big dreams that will take more time and energy to fulfill. Nevertheless, "whether one's dream is as mundane as hitting the numbers or as noble as hoping to see one's children reared properly," each dream is equally important to the person who has it (Bizot 904). Each dream is also equally painful when it is taken away; or if we never have the opportunity to make the dream a reality....   [tags: Hughes Harlem Essays]

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Analysis of Harlem by Langston Hughes

- Analysis of Harlem by Langston Hughes Through the turbulent decades of the 1920's through the 1960's many of the black Americans went through difficult hardships and found comfort only in dreaming. Those especially who lived in the ghettos' of Harlem would dream about a better place for them, their families, and their futures. Langston Hughes discusses dreams and what they could do in one of his poems, "Harlem." Hughes poem begins: "What happens to a dream deferred..." Hughes is asking what happens to a dream that is being put off....   [tags: Harlem Langston Hughes Poem Poetry Essays]

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Raisin in the Sun Essay: A Dream Deferred

- Dream Deferred in A Raisin in the Sun      "What happens to a dream deferred?" (l. 1) Langston Hughes asks in his 1959 poem "Dream Deferred." He suggests that it might "dry up like a raisin in the sun" (ll. 2-3) or "stink like rotten meat" (l. 6); however, at the end of the poem, Hughes offers another alternative by asking, "Or does it explode?" (l. 11). This is the view Lorraine Hansberry supports in her 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun. The drama opens with Walter reading, "Set off another bomb yesterday" (1831), from the front page of the morning newspaper; however, he is unaware that bombs will soon detonate inside his own house....   [tags: Raisin Sun essays]

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Langston Hughes, An American Poet

- Langston Hughes, an American Poet, is one of the most influential poets in American history. He was a social activist and novelist that spoke up for others that couldn 't and spread his ideas and thoughts amongst America. He was born on February 1,1902 and died at the age of 65 on May 22, 1967. He might of died but his legacy still lives amongst the world, his work still being translated into to todays meaning and being published for all to see. Langston has said that his most influential writers were Paul Laurence Dunbar, Carl Sandburg, and Walt Whitman; all having an influential and deep background in novels and poems....   [tags: Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes]

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Analysis Of James Mercer Langston Hughes

- 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]

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A Comparison of the Dream Deferred in A Raisin in the Sun and Harlem

- A Dream Deferred in A Raisin in the Sun and Harlem In Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun, the author reveals a hard-working, honest African-American family struggling to make their dreams come true. Langston Hughes' poem, "Harlem," illustrates what could happen if those dreams never came to fruition. Together, both Hansberry and Hughes show the effects on human beings when a long-awaited dream is thwarted by economic and social hardships. Each of the characters in A Raisin in the Sun has a dream for which they base their whole happiness and livelihood on attaining....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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An African American's Dreams and “Harlem” by Langston Hughes

- “Harlem” by Langston Hughes is a poem that talks about what happens when we postpones our dreams. The poem is made up of a series of similes and it ends with a metaphor. The objective of the poem is to get us to think about what happens to a dream that is put off, postponed; what happens when we create our very own shelve of dreams. The “dream” refers to a goal in life, not the dreams we have while sleeping, but our deepest desires. There are many ways to understand this poem; it varies from person to person....   [tags: Harlem, Langston Hughes, ]

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Dreams and Dream Deffered by Langston Hughes

- “Dreams Deferred” and “Dreams” In the poems “Dreams Deferred” and “Dreams” by Langston Hughes the author talks about how important dreams are. The author uses many different types of figurative languages such as similes and metaphors and shows how they are alike and different in many ways. In the poem “Dreams” the author writes “Hold fast to your dreams/for if dreams die ”(Hughes 1-2 poem 1). The theme of this poem is to try to achieve your dreams and not let them die ....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Dreams Deferred in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun

- Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play, A Raisin in the Sun, culls its title from the infamous poem “Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes, and both works discuss what happens to a person when their dreams -- their hopes, their aspirations, their lives -- are endlessly put on hold. For this analysis of the dreams and character of Beneatha Younger in Raisin, I would like to pull on another dreamy poem of Langston Hughes’ entitled “Dream Boogie.” Like all the characters in the play, Beneatha has dreams that are dear to her, but their deferment does not cause them to dry up, fester, rot, crust, sag, or explode....   [tags: A Raisin in the Sun Essays]

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Dream Deferred in A Raisin in the Sun

- "What Happens to a Dream Deferred?" Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun. Or fester like a sore– And then run?" (Langston Hughes). It is important to never lose sight of one’s dream. Dreams are what keep people moving in life, but if they are ignored, they may morph and lose their prevailing form. This is evident in Lorraine Hansberry’s "A Raisin in the Sun", as Walter’s, Beneatha’s, and Mama’s dreams become delayed, distorted, and blurred. Walter has long dreamed of making his family’s condition better, of giving them wealth that his low-paying job is unable to do....   [tags: Lorraine Hansberry]

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The Imagery of Langston Hughes’s Harlem

- The Imagery of Langston Hughes’s Harlem      “What happens when dreams are deferred?” is the first line in Langston Hughes’s “Harlem,” a very interesting social commentary on Harlem in the early 1950’s. It talks about a “dream deferred” Harlem, which was a haven for literature and intellect in the late 20’s and early 30’s, but has become run down and faded to a shadow of its former existence. Langston Hughes’s “Harlem” is filled with extremely vivid imagery.      “Harlem,” by Langston Hughes uses various examples of imagery that one can relate to....   [tags: Langston Hughes Harlem]

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The Forgotten Dreams of Langston Hughes

- All Langston Hughes ever wanted was for people to have their dreams accomplished and the motivation to bring change forward. However, Hughes’ dreams almost came tumbling down for speaking out in one of his poems like he typically does. In 1940, Hughes had been investigated by the FBI following the release of his poem “Goodbye Christ”. Numerous accusations had arisen, stating Hughes “…[was a] member of the Communist Party, [ran] for public office, called for a race war, married a white woman, and studied Communism in the U.S.S.R.” (Dyson, p....   [tags: poem, racism, Harlem]

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Dreams in Langston Hughes Poems

- Langston Hughes’ challenging background, ethnicity, and era of life can all be thought of reasons as to why his style of writing relates among discrimination and unsettling topics. Although his writing can be said to bring hope to the African Americans, his style can be frightening and daunting when taken the time to read his pieces. They may not seem real, but they are his way of interpreting and informing the future of what African Americans, like himself, had to go through and what they had to experience....   [tags: ethnicity, discrimination, slavery]

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Dreams in Literature: Lee, Hughes,

- Not every dream comes true but without having dreams you have nothing to strive for because one will never know when they might get what they wish for one day. This is just like how Walter gave up his dream for his family's dream of the house because sometimes to get your dream you need someones help. Dreams are the key to driving peoples actions and having a purpose in life as shown through the characters of Scout and Jem in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, by Walter in A Raisin in the sun by Lorraine Hansberry, In Harlem by Langston Hughes, and by Mama in A Raisin in the Sun....   [tags: character analysis, Scout and Jem]

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Biography of Langston Hughes

- The well known poet Langston Hughes was an inspiring character during the Harlem Renaissance to provide a push for the black communities to fight for the rights they deserved. Hughes wrote his poetry to deliver important messages and provide support to the movements. When he was at a young age a teacher introduced him to poets Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman, and they inspired him to start his own. Being a “darker brother,” as he called blacks, he experienced and wanted his rights, and that inspired him....   [tags: poet, harlem renaissance, rights]

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Harlem, An Analysis of a Langston Hughes Poem

- Harlem, An Analysis of a Langston Hughes Poem The short but inspirational poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes addresses what happens to aspirations that are postponed or lost. The brief, mind provoking questions posed throughout the poem allow the readers to reflect--on the effects of delaying our dreams. In addition, the questions give indications about Hughes' views on deferred dreams. "Harlem" is an open form poem. The poem consists of three stanzas that do not have a regular meter. To catch the reader's attention, the writer made sure that specific words and questions stood out....   [tags: Poetry Hughes Harlem Poet Poem Essays]

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Harlem by Langston Hughes

- Langston Hughes poem “Harlem” is about what could happen when an entire African-American population is oppressed and must ignore or postpone their dreams. The more dreams are postponed the more the dreams will not happen and in the poem it is clear that Hughes has a very strong opinion on the subject. In the poem Langston Hughes uses a range of illusions, rhetorical questions, figurative language and stanza to explain that a dream deferred can end with the entire population in a war. In the poem it seems as if Langston is talking from the perspective of someone living in Harlem he explains how equality and freedom is sadly not what the African-Americans of Harlem experience....   [tags: poem analysis, African American oppression]

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A Raisin in the Sun Essay: Importance of Deferred Dreams

- Importance of Deferred Dreams in A Raisin in the Sun      A dream is a hope, a wish, and an aspiration. Young people have dreams about what they want to be when they grow up. Parents have dreams for their children's future. Not all of these dreams come true at the desired moment - these dreams are postponed or "deferred". A deferred dream is put on the "back burner of life"(Jemie 219), and it matures to its full potential, and is waiting when you are "ready to pursue it"(Jemie 219). It is assumed that the deferred event, though later than hoped for, will eventually come true....   [tags: Raisin Sun essays]

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Dreams on Hold in Harlem by Langston Hughes

- In a person’s everyday life, their driving force is their dream. In Langston Hughes poem, “Harlem,” he asks “What happens to a dream deferred?” (Hughes, 1277). The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a dream as a visionary creation of the imagination and deferred meaning postponed (Merriam Webster). This poem expresses the general feeling that African Americans had. The war was over and so was the Great Depression, but for African Americans, nothing seem to change. Langston Hughes’s poem “Harlem” basically states what happens when dreams are placed on hold....   [tags: African Americans, segregation, slavery]

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Dreams Deferred in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun

-      Lorraine Hansberry, the author of A Raisin in the Sun, supports the theme of her play from a montage of, A Dream Deferred, by Langston Hughes. Hughes asks, “What happens to a dream deferred?” He suggests many alternatives to answering the question. That it might “dry up like a raisin in the sun,” or “fester like a sore.” Yet the play maybe more closely related to Hughes final question of the poem, “Or does it explode?” The play is full of bombs that are explosions of emotion set off by the frustration of the Younger family, who are unable to grasp the possible reality of their dreams....   [tags: A Raisin in the Sun Essays]

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Langston Hughes´ Memories in His Poems

- ... The underlying tie that connected all of Hughes’s work together was achieved through his devotion to the realization of a certain dream deferred. During this time, this certain dream for all African Americans was the dream of racial equality (The Harlem Project). Hughes once said “Many Americans seem to have the idea that art has little to do with life, you know, and poetry has even less to do with life than other forms of art. Well I don’t think that’s true at all.” (The Harlem Project). Through this mindset, Hughes set out to revolutionize poetry and created such expressive and inspirational work just by reflecting on his own life....   [tags: reflections, experiences, life, inspiration]

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Dreams Deferred in William Faulkner´s The Sound and the Fury and Sandra Sineros The House on Mango Street

- Dreams Deferred Tragedy is an ever present part of life, whether it be illness, inability, death or anything else, it takes its toll on everyone. A very common tragedy found in literature and daily life is the loss of dreams, in Langston Hughes’s poem “A Dream Deferred” Hughes poses the question of what truly happens to a deferred dream: “What happens to a dream deferred. Does it dry up… Or fester like a sore… Does it stink like rotten meat. Or crust and sugar over...Or does it explode?” The outcome of lost dreams differs for each individual and their attitude....   [tags: tragedy, attitude, sterotypes, dreams]

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Langston Hughes: In the beginning there was language

- In The Beginning, There Was Language A dream is a hope, a wish, and an aspiration. Everyone has dreams about what they want to be when they grow up, how they want to live, whom they want to marry and how their life will turn out. However, not all dreams can come true right away. Many of them are just out of reach and can only be attained by hard work, leadership and determination. The poem “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes is an example of just that, a dream that is just simply out of reach....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Langston Hughes: A Poet Supreme

- Langston Hughes: A Poet Supreme Black poetry is poetry that (1) is grounded in the black experience; (2) utilizes black music as a structural or emulative model; and (3) "consciously" transforms the prevailing standards of poetry through and inconoclastic and innovative use of language. No poet better carries the mantle of model and innovator the Langston Hughes, the prolific Duke Ellington of black poetry. Hughes's output alone is staggering. During his lifetime, he published over eight hundred poems....   [tags: Papers]

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Characters Dreams Deferred in Raisin In The Sun

- Although Mama, Ruth, Beneatha and Walter all live in the same house, there dreams are all different. All the characters want to for fill there dream but, what happens if these dream are deferred. Mama is the head of the house. She dreams that her family will be happy and that her children have the best life they can have. She does what ever she can to make her children’s dreams come true. Ruth is Walter's wife. Her dream is to have a happy family but she also wants to be wealthy. Beneatha is Mama’s daughter....   [tags: Lorraine Hansberry]

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Langston Hughes

- Langston Hughes On February 1st, 1902, arguably the greatest African-American poet of all time was born. He spoke for an entire race, and his words had a huge impact on the treatment of black people and the manner in which they were viewed. He gave hope to those who felt the same way as he did. Although we look back on his work and study it, at the time it was released it had a very real impact to many people. He was Langston Hughes. I believe Langston Hughes's name should be considered amongst the greatest poets of all time....   [tags: Poem Poetry Biography]

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Langston Hughes' Poetry

- Langston Hughes (1902-1967) absorbed America. In doing so, he wrote about many issues critical to his time period, including The Renaissance, The Depression, World War II, the civil rights movement, the Black Power movement, Jazz, Blues, and Spirituality. Just as Hughes absorbed America, America absorbed the black poet in just about the only way its mindset allowed it to: by absorbing a black writer with all of the patronizing self-consciousness that that entails. The contradiction of being both black and American was a great one for Hughes....   [tags: essays research papers]

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What Happens to a Dream Defferred in Charlotte Hansburry's Play, A Raisin in the Sun

- The underlying theme of Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun, is in the question posed by Langston Hughes' poem "Montage of a Dream Deferred," when he asks, "What happens to a dream deferred?" and then goes on to list the various things that might happen to a person if his dreams are put "on hold," emphasising that whatever happens to a postponed dream is ultimately never good. Even the Bible concerns itself with this problem; in Proverbs 13:12: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” It can be clearly seen what happens to Walter as his dream continues to be postponed by too many circumstances that are beyond his control....   [tags: confrontation, freedom, african americans]

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Lorraine Hansberry 's A The Sun

- A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry is realistic fictional drama in which the play 's title and the character represent the play 's theme. The play focused on Black America 's Struggle to reach the American Dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness during the 1950s and the 1960s. The idea of everyone having the chance to achieve a better life should exist for all. Hansberry conceives her title using a line from Langston Hughes poem “A dream deferred”. The original poem was written in 1951 about Harlem....   [tags: African American, Langston Hughes]

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Racism And The Sense Of The American Dream

- Racism and the sense to fulfill a dream has been around throughout history. Langston Hughes’s poems “Harlem” and “I, Too” both depict the denial of ethnicity mix in society and its impact on an African American’s dream. James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” uses jazz music to tie the belief of one’s intention and attainment to the black race. The two main characters are different in a way of one fitting into the norm of the American Dream and the other straying away from such to fulfill his own dream....   [tags: African American, Race, Black people]

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The Life and Poetry of Langston Hughes

- According to Becky Bradley in American Cultural History, Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. Growing up, he dealt with some hard times. His parents divorced when he was little and he grew up with neither of his parents. Hughes was raised by his grandmother since his father moved to Mexico after their divorce and his mother moved to Illinois. It was when Hughes was thirteen that he moved out to Lincoln, Illinois to be reunited with his mother. This is where Hughes began writing poetry....   [tags: poetry, biography]

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The Poetic Devices of Langston Hughes

- The great advantage of poetry is that with the right choice of words, it can capture a whole scene in just one line of a stanza. It has the ability to offer hope from a painful experience and is something that a person can identify with; almost as if the poet and the reader become one. In his two poems, “Mother to Son” and “Harlem”, Langston Hughes, shines light on the life and struggles of African-Americans (“The Poetry”). While the theme of both poems is centered on perseverance, Hughes skillfully uses figurative language, tone, and form and structure differently in each poem to depict the same message....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Harlem Renaissance Poets: Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, and Countee Cullen

- The Harlem Renaissance was a time where creativity flourished throughout the African American community. At the time many African Americans were treated as second class citizens. The Harlem Renaissance acted as artistic and cultural outlet for the African-American community. The Harlem Renaissance, otherwise known as “The New Negro Movement” was an unexpected outburst of creative activity among African Americans In the poems Harlem by Langston Hughes, America by Claude McKay, and Incident by Countee Cullen all use frustration and hope as reoccurring themes to help empower the African-American population and realize the injustices they face day to day....   [tags: Harlem, America, Incident]

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Langston Hughes and His Poetry

- Throughout African American history different individuals have made a significant impact that would forever change things. In the 1900s Harlem became the governing body for the birth of jazz and blues. This also open door for a new era called the Harlem Renaissance. During this time a poet name Langston Hughes was introduced. Langston Hughes created poetry that stood out to people. It had that jazzy vibe mixed with articulate language of choice. He could seize the minds of people with the soulfulness of his writing, and depict the struggles of what was going on with blacks....   [tags: African American History]

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Langston Hughes and His Poetry

- ... The stairs show the level she was at during her years of living. “Never back down from a challenge just because it seems difficult. Don’t stop striving for something you’ve already began. If you can start it, you can finish it” (Anti Essays). Some of the feelings and emotions of Langston Hughes made their way over into his other works that he did. His poem entitled “Harlem” tells the feelings of being frustrated as well. The poem was written after the Civil War. So, this poem characterized and gives insight into how the African American community mood was during that time....   [tags: notorious African American poets]

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Langston Hughes and Poetry

- “Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.” –Edgar Allan Poe. Poetry is one of the world’s greatest wonders. It is a way to tell a story, raise awareness of a social or political issue, an expression of emotions, an outlet, and last but not least it is an art. Famous poet Langston Hughes uses his poetry as a musical art form to raise awareness of social injustices towards African-Americans during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. Although many poets share similarities with one another, Hughes creatively crafted his poetry in a way that was only unique to him during the 1920’s....   [tags: Biography, Poet, Poetic Analysis]

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Reoccurring Themes in the Work of Langston Hughes

- Langston Hughes is an extremely successful and well known black writer who emerged from the Harlem Renaissance (“Langston Hughes” 792). He is recognized for his poetry and like many other writers from the Harlem Renaissance, lived most of his life outside of Harlem (“Langston Hughes” 792). His personal experiences and opinions inspire his writing intricately. Unlike other writers of his time, Hughes expresses his discontent with black oppression and focuses on the hardships of his people. Hughes’ heartfelt concern for his people’s struggle evokes the reader’s emotion....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Black Literature]

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A Comparison of Mother to Son and Harlem, Both by Langston Hughes

- Comparison of “Mother to Son” and “Harlem (A Dream Deferred)” by Langston Hughes The comparison between two poems are best analyzed through the form and meaning of the pieces. “Mother to Son” and “Harlem (A Dream Deferred)” both written by the profound poet Langston Hughes, depicts many similarities and differences between the poems. Between these two poems the reader can identify his flow of writing through analyzing the form and meaning of each line. Form and meaning are what readers need to analyze to understand the poem that they are evaluating....   [tags: Compare Contrast Comparing]

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Analysis Of `` If We Must Die '

- The Harlem Renaissance inspired, and was inspired by some of the greatest poets, musicians and artists of the century. Among these great minds, were the poets Langston Hughes, and Claude McKay. Though motivated by the same hardships, people, and events, the works of both Hughes, and McKay show glaring differences in the perspectives of the authors. Upon reading “Harlem” by Hughes, the audience may easily see the author’s more peaceful call to action. In contrast, after reading “If We Must Die,” one can infer that McKay prefers to call his audience to obvious (physical) action....   [tags: Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes, Racism]

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An Analysis of Harlem a Poem by Langston Hughes

- 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. The poem begins with a question: "What happens to a dream deferred?” The speaker of the poem at this point is unnamed....   [tags: dreams, aspirations, goals]

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Racial Equality in Works by Langston Hughes

- Born in 1902, only 40 years after the death of “The Great Emancipator”, Langston Hughes suffered through many hardships because of his race. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, African-Americans did not enjoy the same privileges as those of white descent, and throughout this period, many great thinkers expressed their displeasure through various mediums. Langston Hughes became of these great thinkers. Widely considered to be one of the founding fathers of the Harlem Renaissance (a period of great cultural development among African-American communities, particularly Harlem), Hughes became one of the most prominent figures in the fight for racial equality....   [tags: emancipator, race, african-american]

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Langston Hughes Biography

- “James Mercer Langston Hughes, known as Langston Hughes was born February 2, 1902 in Missouri, to Carrie Hughes and James Hughes.” Years later his parents separated. Langston’s father moved to Mexico and became very successful, as his for mother, she moved frequently to find better jobs. As a child growing up Langston spent most of his childhood living with his grandmother named Mary Langston in Lawrence, Kansas. Mary Langston was a learned women and a participant in the civil rights Movement. When Langston Hughes was 12 years old his grandmother passed away....   [tags: Biography, Writer, Poet]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' Harlem ' By Langsatn Hughes

- 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]

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Poets Write Feelings of Racism in Still I Rise In Harlem by Langston Hughes and Stil I Rise by Maya Angelou

- ... It leaves the readers truly analyzing about a dream to which they may have let get deferred. “What happens to a dream deferred. Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun. Or fester like a sore— And then run?” (Hughes Line 1-5). Although Hughes is writing the poem in his perspective/circumstance, it is true that anyone can relate to this poem because we all have dreams that in some point of time we let get deferred. Harlem reveals to us that living in segregation tends to have a major impact on the black community, and they may feel as if their dream to become equal is never going to come to pass....   [tags: slavery, prejudice, civil rights]

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The Life and Achievements of Famous Poet, Langston Hughes

- I Am Negro, Black as Night The title of this paper was inspired by the famous black poet, Langston Hughes’, poem Negro, which is included in the book The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes’ works are world renowned classics years after the start of his career. Hughes’ works were very influential in the age of the Harlem Renaissance. They are some of the greatest and most eye-opening works of that time. The research undertaken in this paper will include some aspects of his personal life, educational background, important works, the difference in his writing styles and the achievements that he acquired during his career....   [tags: poetry, biography, biographical, african american]

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Langston Hughes - A Literary Genius

- Langston Hughes (1902-1967), one of the most prominent figures in the world of Harlem, has come to be an African American poet as well as a legend of a variety of fields such as music, children's literature and journalism. Through his poetry, plays, short stories, novels, autobiographies, children's books, newspaper columns, Negro histories, edited anthologies, and other works, Hughes is considered a voice of the African-American people and a prime example of the magnificence of the Harlem Renaissance who promoted equality, condemned racism and injustice that the Negro society endured, and left behind a precious literary and enduring legacy for the future generations....   [tags: Biography]

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Racism and the American Dream in Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun

- A Raisin in the Sun is written by a famous African- American play write, Lorraine Hansberry, in 1959. It was a first play written by a black woman and directed by a black man, Lloyd Richards, on Broadway in New York. The story of A Raisin in the Sun is based on Lorraine Hansberry’s own early life experiences, from which she and her whole family had to suffer, in Chicago. Hansberry’s father, Carol Hansberry, also fought a legal battle against a racial restrictive covenant that attempted to stop African- American families from moving in to white neighborhoods....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Critical Analysis]

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Langston Hughes And The Harlem

- The Harlem Renaissance brought about many great changes. It was a time for expressing the African-American culture. Many famous people began their writing or gained their recognition during this time. The Harlem Renaissance took place during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Many things came about during the Harlem Renaissance; things such as jazz and blues, poetry, dance, and musical theater. The African-American way of life became the “thing.” Many white people came to discover this newest art, dancing, music, and literature....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Comparing Dickinson and Hughes

- Comparing Dickinson and Hughes After reading both "Tell All the Truth but Tell It Slant" by Emily Dickinson and "Harlem" by Langston Hughes, I determined that the main difference between the two poems is both poets' use of diction. Dickinson makes use of abstract diction in her poem, using words like bright, delight, superb, and dazzle. Using the word "truth" in itself is an enormous abstraction. Hughes, however, uses more concrete diction, with words such as raisin, fester, sore, meat, and load....   [tags: Papers]

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Langston Hughes

- Langston Hughes Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. He was named after his father, James Hughes, but was known as Langston. He was the only child from his parents James and Carrie Hughes. His parents were not married for long because of an unhappy marriage. When they separated, Langston was left with his mother, who left him behind to move from city to city to find work. Langston ended up living with his 70 year-old grandmother in Lawrence, Kansas. He lived with her until he was 13, and then he moved back with his mother in Lincoln, Kansas after his grandmother died in 1915....   [tags: Biography Writer Author Essays]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun Draws Parallels to Langston Hughes' Harlem

- Everyone wants their dreams to become a reality; however, the unfortunate reality is that more often than not, dreams are not achieved and become deferred. Langston Hughes let this theme ring throughout his poetic masterpiece “Harlem,” in which he posed many questions about what happens to these dreams. In “A Raisin In the Sun,” Lorraine Hansberry draws so many indisputable parallels from “Harlem.” Hansberry consistently uses the dreams of Mama Younger, Big Walter, and Walter Lee to allude to Hughes poem....   [tags: dreams, inspiration, analyze]

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Dreams and Images in Harlem by Langston Hughes and in On the Pulse by Maya Angelou

- Dreams are the images, ideas, emotions, and sensations of an unconscious mind. But though the poems “Harlem” by Langston Hughes, “On the Pulse of Morning” by Maya Angelou, and “I hear America Singing” by Walt Whitman. You see that dreams are just a way of hopes for the future; a message that needs to be heard before it too late for society to change. The first poem, “Harlem” by Langston Hughes, describes the future leading into a social struggle the said “What happens to a dream deferred?” (1), and he wants to know the outcomes of when dreams ignored “Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun....   [tags: message, don´t destroy the world]

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The Significance of Lena Younger’s Dream Plant in A Raisin in the Sun

- Lena Younger’s Plant of “Dreams” In the story A Raisin in the Sun Lena Younger cares for a small house plant. This plant represents dreams. Mama has dreams for her family to rise from poverty and live in a better and bigger place, and also for them to continue to grow together as a family. Mama wants to keep her dreams alive and keep her family close to her heart. Mama’s plant that she cares for represents this dream by “looking at her plant and spraying water on it” (52) in a small way showing she will try to keep her plant and their dreams alive....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism]

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A Deferred Dream

- In A Raisin in the Sun, a play by Lorraine Hansberry, all the characters in the Younger family have experienced the hardship that most African-Americans faced, during the 1950s, in the Southside Chicago ghetto. The Youngers had simple desires for decent jobs and a home of their own and hoped to achieve these dreams. However, they have had to put off their dreams because of the struggle of life for them. This left no exception to the Younger family, but Beneatha Younger was an exception. She was on her way to becoming a doctor which was her lifelong dream....   [tags: Literary Review]

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Sixteen Candles, by John Hughes

- Director John Hughes does it again. In Sixteen Candles, he captures the essence of high school from the views of the nerds to the jocks. Depicted in the daily lives of the main characters, he shows even back in 1984, there is a division by popularity and grade. The struggles and pressures students faced are the same as what students are faced with in today’s high schools. This movie relates to teens year after year, generation after generation. Just as the author William Zinsser states in College Pressures, “They are too young to be prisoners of their parents’ dreams and their classmates’ fears” (385)....   [tags: sixteen candles, john hughes]

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Essay on Dream Deferred in Song of Solomon

- The American Dream Deferred in Song of Solomon      Beginning with the first African American literary works through the more recent successes such as Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon the topic of literacy is almost inextricably connected to freedom and power. A closer investigation, however, leads the reader to another, less direct, message indicating that perhaps this belief in literacy as a pathway to the "American Dream" of freedom and social and financial success is contradictory or, at least, insufficient in social and cultural terms....   [tags: Song Solomon essays]

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