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    describe the life of the mother. The mother compares her life to a “crystal stair” saying that, “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair” (2). This gives the readers an impression that she has not been as fortunate as the people who climb the “crystal stair” and that she has had to work for it. When you picture a “crystal stair,” you think of something that is valuable, expensive and luxurious; therefore, someone who climbs a “crystal stair” would be someone who has great wealth, and has lived a luxurious

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    Langston Hughes is translating her life to her son, by telling him what has went on in her life, the hardships and how she kept climbing up, and finally made it to where she wanted to be. Langston Hughes demonstrates this through telling about the hardships in her life, they are portrayed as the "tacks, splinters, boards turned up, and places with no carpet. BARE." in the story. Sometimes she "went into the dark, where there ain't been no light". She also said now "boy, don't turn your back, don't

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    The mother in the poem represents the many generations of African Americans for whom opportunity was scarce for, have endured pain, who's had a troubled past and was given every reason to give up. Life for Africans “ain’t been no crystal stair” since the beginning of time. Since Slavery to present time they have just been pushing through in hope of upward mobility. Langston Hughes successfully acknowledges the mindset of those who have been through hardships and have found it easier

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    the meaning of a friend

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    Never having any guidance, or direction, he has always seemed to work through all obstacles. Langston was a young man, roughly beginning his first year of medical school. Everyone he knew saw it a miricle that he ever made it as far as a bachelors degree, much less a Medical Degree. Born a “mistake” never knowing his mother, or father he spent much of his childhood and adolescence running from foster homes east and west, he had never known unconditional love or the feel of a true family. At the

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    Mother to Son

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    advice given in the stanza is explicit and poignant: Well, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. It's had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards all torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor - Bare (line 1-7). The metaphor in this poem conjoins life, and a staircase, "Well, son, I'll tell you:/ life for me ain't been no crystal stair." The mother says to her son, that life is not an easy journey that can be stroll through.. Instead, in this passage

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    life will not be what he is going to expect. Mother states thus, “Well, son, I’ll tell you: Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.” The symbol of a crystal stair corresponds with an illusion that life is an easy journey. The regular description of a crystal stair would be seen as smooth, flawless, and attracting. The author use of a crystal stair is almost a foil to the mother’s stair. Further into the composition, the mother bare explains this: “It’s had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn

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    lover that she or he is as beautiful as a flower and use your actions with passion such a the poem Flower of Love showed. The poem Mother to Son is about a mother trying to teach her son perseverance to life, this is demonstrated by her comparing stairs to life

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    mother who reminds her son of her failures and how her failures have not stopped her- but instead helped her to continue striving. The mother continues by telling him about how her life has been difficult, telling him “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair,” however she explains that those obstacles are not only bearable, but are also worth struggling against. Langston Hughes uses elements such as; dramatic monologue, diction, and imagery to portray the life of a woman who overcame adversity. The

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    uses powerful symbolism, diction, and form to show how someone coming from nothing can still come out on top. Throughout the poem the author references a beat up staircase which represents life and and its hardships. “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair” symbolizes how she wasn’t

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    Mother To Son Allusion

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    that, despite the successes of the Civil War, the African-American community must overcome more struggles to achieve full racial equality through perseverance, not through waiting for a divine act to create freedom. In the poem, imagery of a “crystal stair” contradicts the biblical story of Jacob’s ladder (“Langston Hughes” 3). In Genesis, Jacob sees a ladder that connects heaven and Earth. From the ladder, God tells Jacob that “the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants… and

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