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Walker 1 Myles Walker Professor Wise English 1010 5/1/18 Negro/Miss Brill Literary Analysis Katherine Mansfield’s short story “Miss Brill” is a touching and almost quiet sad story when it comes down to it. Mansfield’s story shows us the sight of loneliness, youth and age, rejection, and Isolation. A long with some things you may never know that might be going on it people’s lives, and how they might feel. In addition, Langston Hughes’s short poem Negro could possibly be one of the most iconic, if not the best poem of black culture of all time. Negro , is a product of Langston Hughes struggles with being black, along with what other people had to go through while being black as well. “I am a Negro” Langston Hughes’s the main eye catcher in Stanzas one and the final stanza, number six. Langston Hughes main goal of stanzas one and six is to show that this was his life and also what his people had to go through in that time as well. “Black as the night is black, Black like the depths of my Africa” Line’s 2 and 3, the writer keeps repeating the word “black” because that is his skin tone, and he is adding the importance to his color as well. Lines 1 through 3 mainly reflects with what the speaker wants to states about himself and also the people in his community. “Black like the depths of my Africa”, is in which the writer describes
Walker 2 that the skin color of African American people is black and their origin is from Africa. Stanza two, “ I’ve been a slave” describing in these few lines that he himself has been a slave before, throwing in first person point of view words such as “me” and “I” to show that he is talking about himself and his struggles he had to go through in slavery. “Caesar told me to keep his door- steps clean. I brushed the boots of Washington.” Caesar and Washington are the men that had the power over the writer. “Door-steps clean” ”Bushed the boots” are the kind of things that the types of things that slaves had to do since they were not respecting during those times. “I’ve been a worker” the 7 th line in stanza number 3 showing that he has been a worker, and shows us the experiences and achievements he has been through as a worker. “Under my hands the pyramids arose. I made a mortar for the Woolworth Building” Shows what offerings African American made in the past days. Despite them being slaves, they were proud to be able to build the pyramids. And they were also proud for what they had to do to build Woolworth Building. Stanza four, line 10 “I’ve been a singer: all the way from Africa to Georgia” referring to the writer and his community having to moving his/their sound from Africa all the way to Georgia. Lastly, “I carried my sorrow songs. I made ragtime” showing us that the struggle still exist in those times. Finally, The final stanzas, “I’ve been a victim: the Belgians cut off my hands in the Congo. They lynch me still in Mississippi.” The writer talks about what his people have went through in the Congo, and also with getting lynched in Mississippi. The writer is also

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