Emma Lazarus - Torre Combs Instructor Mary Martin...

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Torre CombsInstructor Mary MartinImmigration: Face of AmericaTo many European immigrants America was the land of freedom and prosperity. What better way to welcome these immigrants into the land of the free with a statue that symbolizes exactly that. “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus provides a welcoming to Immigrants who Left behind their poor living conditions in their “OLD WORLD” to make way for new and exciting conditions in the “NEW WORLD. Emma’s poem provides hope for the hopeless in desperate need of change and happiness. While “The New Colossus” was a representation of freedom and hope for immigrants migrating to the new world, many populations of immigrants were not afforded these opportunities. Many were forced to America which means there was no hope to be found in a place they never knew existed in the first place. My goal in this paper is to provide insight on the message and meaning of the poem “The New Colossus. Emma Lazarus was not aware of the importance her poem would take on. “The New Colossus” was written in 1883 for an auction to raise money for the bronze pedestal in front of the Statue of Liberty. Although the statue was not yet in place when Emma began one of her greatest works the importance of the statue was very evident to Emma. This would be the first thing that immigrants migrating to the United States through Ellis Island would see entering the land of the free. “The New Colossus sat untouched, for years before it was found in the same auction house that Emma originally donated it too. There were new and exciting opportunities for those leaving home due to poverty and sickness. It can only be imagined what relief seeing this big and bold statue would hold while entering this “New World”. Emma compares this statueto that of a welcoming mother. A mother in which can provide hope to those upon her. The torch held by the statue is considered to be a glimmer of hope for a brighter future for these immigrants.

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