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A17– Harlem 1. The dominant effect depicted in the poem, "Harlem", by Langston Hughes questionably applies an insight towards the reader's interpretation. There is no solid conclusion on the whereabouts nor the actual speaker's intentions. All that is given is the distinct image circling around a "dream", leaving the readers in suspense of its occurrence. The alerting feeling of pushing the "dream" aside to "festers" and "stink" through the figurative device of imagery promotes a more stern tone of the dark truth, giving the audience an opportunity to formulate a theme. Although the poem does not explicitly reveal any historical information upon the very existence of it, the title differs. "Harlem" is a well- known neighborhood in New York, that African Americans mainly lived in. From the historical background of African Americans in the United States, the readers can connect the supposed "dream" mentioned in the poem to the discrimination that African -

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