Document - Poetry Essay - A Personal Narrative - In the poem Harlem by Langston Hughes the first line of the poem poses the question what happens to a

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In the poem, Harlem by Langston Hughes, the first line of the poem poses the question “what happens to a dream deferred?” This is a question that we have all had at one time or another throughout our lives. As we go through our lives we are faced with many choices and situations that are out of our control that take our lives off of our originally planned course. Sometimes they are for the better and sometimes they cause us great frustration. Hughes uses the remainder of his poem to enlighten us on several scenarios he thinks could be used to describe the frustration felt as he answers this question. His first thought is “Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” A raisin starts off its existence in this world as a big fat juicy grape surrounded by many other big fat juicy grapes. The brand new grape would represent our original dream. Brand new and full of inspiration and excitement. But once plucked from the bunch and left alone out in the sun to dry out it becomes a dried up raisin. Our dreams need to be cared for and nurtured or they end up being forgotten about. Once neglected for too long, they most likely dry up like the raisin in the sun. Hughes second scenario askes the question “Or fester like a sore-and then run? Festering like a sore suggests infection and pain. Much like an unrealized dream might cause us to feel misery at the

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