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Analysis and comments on Theme For English B by Langston Hughes

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Comment 38 of 198, added on December 14th, 2009 at 10:39 PM.
i understandd

the literary techniques: plot, character, setting, tone, point of view,
symbols, and themes. i love this poem. its very powerful, and it speaks to
everyone in the world--not just americans. the round protagonist in this
poem is conveyed as the voice of reason- but it is not himself Hughes is
conveying, its his race. the way the teacher talks is in a rhyme scheme,
which seems to bring the seed that the teacher planted into his head about
being poetic and abstract. this poem shows that the white man has more
freedoms than himself, but in america, it is more than just black and
white. he has the chance to explain to his white professor about his
african american background. although, when you have less rights than the
person you are trying to explain to, it makes the explanation more
the protagonist seems to question why specific races think they are
superior-he says they all make up america. and even more than that, they
all make up our world.
his "assignment" shows the angle at which he is trying to explain. he
needed a solution to the problem that his being conveyed. his outcome leads
to a revelation of truth...everyone is the same. that all people have a
symbiotic relationship-all rely and gain from each other... and this
relationship is inevitable.
the climax of this comes when the protagonist opens the readers eyes to
views of racism, social status,and political equality in america.
i found three themes:
1. people are more alike than different.
2. ethnicity doesnt alter interests
3. race doesnt define who you are.
hope this helps.

christina from Chile
Comment 37 of 198, added on November 16th, 2009 at 11:39 AM.
A different point of view.

This is a wonderful poem, as Langston Hughes is a wonderful poet. I have
read many of the reviews and see that many people feel as though the
speaker in this poem is being segregated against in his life. I do not see
that to be the case. I believe the speaker in this poem (btw, the speaker
is not Hughes, as Hughes was a middle aged man when he wrote this poem) is
segregating himself from a white society. I just wrote a 5 page paper
arguing this idea. Many things the speaker says in the poem show that the
instructor and other students are not the ones making a big deal about the
fact that he is colored, but it is him who consistently is stating that he
is colored and does not wish to be a part of the white society.

Sarah from United States
Comment 36 of 198, added on May 12th, 2009 at 5:14 PM.

i love this poem. it is my favorite poem. i'm writing a paper on it rite
now for my english class. i like it it is delicious

bob from United States
Comment 35 of 198, added on September 12th, 2007 at 3:49 PM.

powerful poem

Shannon from United States
Comment 34 of 198, added on May 3rd, 2007 at 12:01 PM.

I am a Moroccan student and i happened to study this poem in my modern
poetry class . Langston hughes ' s poem reasons the issue of racial
segregation. There are more reasons than feelings and also a lot of
implicit arguments. This poem is factual and there is an argument that
builds up little by little that there is no ground for racial
discrimination."part of u, instructor" here the speaker means that they
share the same culture and that they are equal. In this poem, there is a
symbiotic relationship, as the pupil relies on his instructor and vice

Fatima from Morocco
Comment 33 of 198, added on April 28th, 2007 at 12:24 AM.

I agree with most all the comments posted about this poem and Hughes. I
like the poem a lot and I found Hughes expressed about the commonalities we
all share.

But what I haven't read is this:

This poem is not an autobigrphical. The young speaker is a character
invented by Hughes when he a middle-aged man/author. Just FYI, because
this was not a true assignment for him at the time he wrote this poem, but
I do believe it reflects back to many events/assignments he had when he was
in his early twenties.

I respect this poem, and the man.


Kathryn Howard from United States
Comment 32 of 198, added on April 13th, 2007 at 9:13 PM.

This poem talks about the racism in America. The world need to know that
racism still exist in this country. Regardless of advances at this
particular time,still racism is the diet of this country. Why did people
such as Stokley Carmmichael,ect., left this country to go to another
country? Because of the propaganda that this country established since
1555. When you expose the hand, you are considered a threat to Natoinal
Security. Remember, in Washington, D.C. they call the Oval Office the White

Charles W. Brown from United States
Comment 31 of 198, added on June 22nd, 2006 at 9:59 PM.

i am a Chinese student and happened to learn this poem in our literature
class.i like Hughes's way of picturing what was happening to him in his
daily life.may be he's being taught that he's just the same as others yet
the reality told him things were not for being black. i think it's not
about the racialism. he just wanted to express his confusion and asked for
more equality from people around him. He had made the point very clearly
that whatever we accept or not, we are part of each other.

Fanny from China
Comment 30 of 198, added on June 8th, 2006 at 12:50 AM.

I am in a deep pit of dispair over this poem. I have to analyze it and
write a 4 page essay on the central idea of this poem and am having way too
hard of a time doing it. It seems pointless to me to write 1000 words on
something that can be summed up in 100. It's an alright poem, but then
again I never really liked poetry in t he first place, I'd rather listen to
a song, it's more entertaining.

Arthur from United States
Comment 29 of 198, added on May 22nd, 2006 at 11:09 PM.

I like this poem very much.

Melissa Thomas from United States

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