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Miller 1 Alyia Miller Arnold English 1302.78 16 May 2017 What is Freedom? “If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how very different our ideas of equality would be.” This statement was mentioned anonymously on a tumblr blog and the depth of this statement really contributes to the idea behind Langston Hughes's poem “ Freedom Train ”, a man's hope for a new found freedom. A black father, from the south hears about a “Freedom Train” that is suppose to be welcoming to everyone, no matter what your race or gender is, but he is very hesitant to believe this exciting news. Clearly, Langston Hughes’s uses a plethora of elements including setting, point of view, irony, and conflict to show the need for hope and equality in life. Primarily, the author uses setting to reveal the black man's desperate hope for the Freedom Train to be genuine. For example, the poem takes place in the south, which was very racist, “When it stops in Mississippi, will it be made plain - Everybody’s got a right to board the Freedom Train ?” (Hughes) . This shows the black man's concern for the validity of the Freedom truth, that is, if it was really going to be free for all. The quote really shows the black man's real concern for not wanting to get to excited, too fast about the Freedom Train. Obviously, the

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