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Analysis and comments on Theme For English B by Langston Hughes

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Comment 47 of 214, added on September 16th, 2011 at 5:22 PM.

In this piece Hughes does not champion equality and civil rights nor does
he rant for separatism. Hughes acknowledges in this exceptional poem that
social conventions and prejudices have colored everything that you are,
regardless if you merit it or not. He goes out and tells the reader that
there are differences in the races but only so far as each individual is
different. The last stanza makes it clear that as Americans the cultural
smoothie so to speak that we are should only make each person stronger not
tear us apart, even though other are "somewhat more free."

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Comment 46 of 214, added on September 16th, 2011 at 3:11 PM.

When normal white people saw a colored boy in their classroom, they must
have thought the poet was an alien, another species. But on the contrary,
Hughes is just as human as them. He goes through same emotional stages and
has goals for his life. He just wants everyone to acknowledge the fact that
he is a human, a fellow American.

Comment 45 of 214, added on September 16th, 2011 at 2:14 AM.

In this poem, Hughes approaches the topic of a young man trying to figure
out his place in society as the only African American student in his
college class. The narrator has a history, a home, an assignment, hobbies,
and things he likes just like any other "normal" white citizen. He decides
that what he is is what he sees and feels, and the color of his skin should
not play a large role. In the end, it does; there will always be
differences between the Caucasian and African American citizens in America
because of prejudicial issues stemming from slavery and persisting racial
bias. Despite this, the narrator acknowledges that they are a part of each
other and America is only America with all the different people in the
cultural melting pot.

Krista from United States

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Poet: Langston Hughes
Poem: Theme For English B
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