An Analysis of Langston Hughes...Mother To Son

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Jordan 1 Marcia Jordan Professor Wood WRA 150, Section 020 21 March 2007 An Analysis of Langston Hughes’ “Mother to Son” It is fairly easy to identify with a mother’s feelings for her child to persist in life toward their dreams and aspirations without stopping. In Langston Hughes’ “Mother To Son,” Hughes takes a conversation between a mother and son and uses the monologue from the mother being spoken to the son to imply a message. That message is in life you will come across struggles, but fight through them and do not give up on your aspirations, because in the end all the work used to get through those difficult times is worth it. In The Poem the mother/speaker advises her son to proceed on throughout the struggles of life. She shows that he can overcome by telling him of her struggles and the obstacles that she has overcome. (Ostrom 259). In Mother To Son the mother uses many metaphors. The most prevalent metaphor is the mother identifying her life as a stair case. The mother uses an implicit comparison of a raged staircase and distinguishes the difference between the characteristics of her raged stair case, her life, and struggles and the characteristics of a crystal stair case, an easy, paved life. In an exact quote the mother states, “Well, son, I’ll tell you: Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. It’s had tacks in it, And splinters,
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And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor- Bare.” (Rampersad & Roessel 30) The “tacks, splinters, boards torn up, and places with no carpet” would be the obstacles of which she, the mother, has been forced to overcome in life to accomplish her goals. She uses her examples of the struggles she has been going through on her journey through life, to show that it has many twists, turns, and hardships that must be overcome in order to get to the top of the stair-case which could be
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course WRA 150 taught by Professor Vetne during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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