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Professor Lamazares ENC 1102 Harlem: A Dream Deferred In America In Langston Hughes’ Harlem, the term “a dream deferred” conjures many negative social, economical, and racial connotations. This concept brings to mind not just an impoverished inner-city neighborhood in New York but in cities throughout the United States and beyond its borders. The purpose of this paper is to analyze and discuss how a modern day “dream deferred” has affected over nearly 15 million individuals. This modern day “dream deferred” has been the government’s controversial pre and post handling of Hurricane Katrina. Not only did Hurricane Katrina destroy the “American Dream” it devastated a nation and put many American’s dreams on hold. Langston Hughes play “Harlem” asks, what happens when a dream is put off indefinitely? Does it lose all of its juiciness or freshness and become small and dry just like a raisin in the sun. Or does it become like a wound and begin to rot and bother you for eternity? Does it smell horrible like putrefaction? Or does it harden and crust over like a sweetly remembered idea that is no longer relevant. Maybe the dream just sags and weighs
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you down for the rest of your life like a heavy load. Or the pressure of failing builds to such a level that eventually it explodes and causes great harm in life? Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. He died on May 22, 1967, of congestive heart failure in New York. According to Langston Hughes in his autobiography, he attended Columbia University and received his A.B. from Lincoln University in 1929. His father James Hughes, studied law
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