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Reflection on “Still here” Jacky Chong In “Still Here” by Langston Hughes, the protagonist of the poem, a black man in the USA, is telling, “You might well knock me down, but you can never keep me down.” The poem was written when inequality and racism took place in the United States of America against African- Americans before the civil right movement began in the early 1960s. The use of assonance in the first two lines in “battered” and “shattered” emphasizes the cruelty of the white people and conveys how they make his life seems hopeless as the “wind done scattered” his dreams. The word “friz” in line 3, “’em” in line 4 and laughin’”, “lovin’” and “livin’” in line 6 all don’t exist,
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Unformatted text preview: hence indicate that the protagonist is not well educated. This reflects the inequality and injustice against black people, as they were not provided with learning opportunity. He mentions that how people, very likely the racist whites, try to interfere with his life by stopping him from “laughin’”, “lovin’” and “livin’”. This use of consonance again emphasizes his frustration with overcoming the ceaseless obstacles. “But I don’t (he doesn’t) care!/I’m (he’s) still here!” He will always stand up again and he tries to tell us that he is indomitable....
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