Langston Hughes Essay

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Nelson Calero Mr. Gutmann AP Literature 26 November 2008 Langston Hughes Essay: Black Modernity Through hopeless struggles and constant personal defeats, we conform to society’s standards to cease any further mental and physical degradation; an idea exemplified and challenged in the works of African American poet Langston Hughes. These works, affected by the Harlem Renaissance, depict the disparity of African American life in both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in an ironic style of writing. These depictions highlight the cruelty African Americans faced during both time periods from society and the conformity that ensued from the abused. In the poem “Graduation,” Hughes depicts a mother and daughter having dinner after a supposed graduation: “The DIPLOMA bursts its frame/ To scatter star-dust in their eyes. / Mama says, Praise Jesus! / The colored race will rise! / Mama says, / Praise Jesus! / Then, / Because She’s tired, / She sighs.” (Hughes 29-31) The awarding of a diploma to this woman’s daughter
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2009 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Chang during the Spring '09 term at 東京国際大学.

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