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Dance_hughes - Sinziana Velicescu MUJZ419 2pm January 30,...

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Sinziana Velicescu MUJZ419 – 2pm January 30, 2008 Dance by Langston Hughes In the short story, “Dance,” by Langston Hughes, music is personified and musical techniques are implemented to help achieve a hypnotic quality to the experience. Racism is prevalent but is later drowned out by the overwhelming aspect of the dance. The dancers become so immersed in their own movements that any notions of discrimination are forgotten and everyone becomes one with the ground as the music takes over. The story begins to unravel a relationship between a young African American girl and her mother, who believes she has not done enough to discipline her child. A strong connection can be drawn between adolescents today and those of colored families during the early 20 th century. Aunt Hagar, a god-fearing woman, merely wants to keep her wild seventeen-year old daughter safe from harm and in bed before midnight. However, all her daughter, Harriett, can think of is going out and dancing with her boyfriend, Mingo. Unofficially narrated by Harriett’s nephew, Sandy, “Dance” tells the story of a big night out through the eyes of a child. A myriad of colors is mentioned as Sandy describes each person he comes across: brown, black, tan, orange, yellow, blue-black, creamy-gold,
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