As I Grew Older

As I Grew Older - Analysis on As I Grew Older Jacky Chong As I Grew Older by Langston Hughes describes a wall that rises taller and taller slowly

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Analysis on As I Grew Older Jacky Chong As I Grew Older , by Langston Hughes, describes a wall that rises taller and taller slowly. It blocks more and more of the sunlight from the speaker, who is a black person. The gradually increasing height of the walls symbolizes the gradually worsening obstacles that the speaker has to go through in order to reach his dream. However, the speaker is determined. Even when racism and inequality is keeping him away from his dream, he still doesn’t give up. He is determined to “break the wall” with his own “dark hand”. “The wall” is used as a symbol of the obstacles that the speaker faces. Those obstacles include white people’s racial discrimination against black people, and the inequality black people encounter. The white people stop them from reaching their dreams, just like the wall blocks the sunlight from the speaker. The wall “rose slowly, slowly”, which symbolizes the gradually toughening situation of the black people. The use of celestial and contrasting imagery emphasizes the losing of the speaker’s dream
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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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As I Grew Older - Analysis on As I Grew Older Jacky Chong As I Grew Older by Langston Hughes describes a wall that rises taller and taller slowly

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