Me and the Mule

Me and the Mule - Commentary on Me and the Mule Jacky Chong...

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Commentary on “Me and the Mule” Jacky Chong African American was once ceaselessly attacked mentally and physically because of their skin color, which is a representation of their race. Langston Hughes, being an African American himself, frequently expresses through his works, the hardships of being a black person, the pride of being a black person, and the idea of disregard of one’s race. In “Me and the Mule” by Langston Hughes, the speaker, an African American, compares himself to a mule. The poem was written in the first person and in rhyme. There are two stanzas in the poem, and each has four lines. The focus of the first stanza is the mule, while that of the second stanza is the speaker. The shapes of the two stanzas in terms of meter are quite symmetric, reflecting the parallelism between the speaker and the mule. The speaker speaks in a rather jazz-like tone, expressing the feeling of improvisation.
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This note was uploaded on 12/31/2011 for the course LANG 111 taught by Professor Lancebeck during the Spring '11 term at Ave Maria.

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