Langston Hughes

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No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. Langston Hughes was an amazing African American poet of the mid 18th century, but had an unstable early life due to racism during his childhood. His real life struggles strongly influenced the remarkable poet he became. In his poem, “As I Grew Older”, Hughes illustrates a dream he has as a child that he almost had forgotten about. However, the dream soon became harder to achieve as time passed because of the obstacles that were in his way. Throughout this poem, Hughes expresses his feelings towards achieving his dream. Hughes uses similes, metaphors, an increasing effect to build up to the climax, and a period of time to show the struggles of an African American to accomplish their…show more content…
For example, Hughes starts off his poem with a simile saying, “Bright like a sun—/My dream.” (5-6) Hughes had a dream a long time ago when he was young that he almost had forgotten about. At that moment, his dream seemed so possible, as if it was right there in front of him. Hughes then starts to use a metaphor, for instance he says, “And then the wall rose,” (7) The wall is a metaphor for the darkness that is blocking Hughes from his goal. He uses the wall to compare it to the white people since during the time they were an obstacle to the blacks, like a wall the whites blocked them from getting to their destination. Black people were discriminated by the white people making it harder for blacks to accomplish their dreams. Hughes had a dream that seemed so possible, but was becoming harder to achieve as he got older due to discrimination against his…show more content…
For example, Hughes says,”Rose until it touched the sky—/ The wall.”(11-12) Racism was a major factor in ruining his dreams and making him feel hopeless. As racism rose like the wall did, it became harder to jump over these obstacles since it became harder to rise above. Hughes then says, “I am black./ I lie down in the shadow.” (14-15) He states he is black and the wall has darkened his dreams. He sinks behind the wall, behind the shadow because the whites found themselves to be more dominating. Nonetheless, the darkness is what keeps making him push to achieve his

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