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Analysis and comments on Justice by Langston Hughes

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Comment 13 of 33, added on March 20th, 2006 at 5:01 PM.

Hey what about the paradoxes and symbolism in this poem, think about it,
Hughes talks of Justice as a Goddess. Well they are suppossed to be
perfect, but as he pointed out it has flaws in it so it cant be perfect and
now when a black person goes on trial they are automatically sterotyped as
Gangsta or some other stupid thin like that and he is stating that clearly,
but sarcastically when he says that the justice system has no eyes for
race....

just my thoughts and btw a great and deep poem :)

Matt Lauer from United States
Comment 12 of 33, added on October 30th, 2005 at 8:58 PM.

Ok i am doing a project on hughes and these comments helped me but i came
up with my own conclusion

The poem simply draws attention to the ways of justice in America when it
comes to race. In the poem Hughes mocks the saying that justice is blind.
Upon reading this poem today the reader might think that the speaker was
trying to say that Justice knows no bias towards skin color, religion, or
gender. In Hughes time this conclusion would be far from true; thus, Hughes
was contradicting the saying that his race knows how justice is blind to
the actual people. America gives the blacks no justice at all.

Sami from United States
Comment 11 of 33, added on September 19th, 2005 at 12:56 AM.

I LOVE HOW HUGHES EXPLAINS SO MUCH INJUSTICE WITH ONLY SO MANY WORDS. FOR
A POEM WRITTEN IN 1923, IT STILL HOLDS TRUE IN 2005.

CHASE from United States
Comment 10 of 33, added on June 26th, 2005 at 4:27 PM.

This poem was written in 1923. Justice was certainly not blind to race at
that time. This poem was a reaction to the racial INjustice of the era.
Sean has it right.

research from United States
Comment 9 of 33, added on May 5th, 2005 at 11:52 AM.

i think this poem is about how the blacks did not have as much just as the
whites and that blacks were treated differently but we are wise about it.
But now justice is blind meanining that it has no color and that whites and
blacks are judged the same.

Cecily Davis from United States
Comment 8 of 33, added on April 9th, 2005 at 8:45 PM.

I believe that he is talking about a blind goddess that use to see what
qualities were in a person but is now being blinded by race

anonymous from United States
Comment 7 of 33, added on March 30th, 2005 at 6:34 PM.

I think poetry has a different meaning to each indivivual. One person might
see something in a poem that someone else does not agree with, but your
opinion is never wrong.

Kay
Comment 6 of 33, added on March 14th, 2005 at 7:16 PM.

i definately agree with sean on this one. justice being blind to color back
then in Harlem is a nice thought but hardly true or practical. Most of
Hughes's poetry is about the racism he experienced so it would make no
sense for him to write a poem saying that it doesn't matter to the law what
race you are. For example in the poem " Ballad of the Landlord" it is said
that a tenant gets 90 days in jail for threatening a white landlord, an
obvious example of racism. sorry bobby but i think that you are wrong on
this one.

Ali from United States
Comment 5 of 33, added on March 9th, 2005 at 4:43 PM.

Sorry sean your dead wrong it's opposite, justice used to be biased by
basing it's decision on looks instead of which ones right or wrong. Now
it's "blind" because it doesn't judge on color. I thin that's kind of
obvious. Sorry if that's insulting.

bobby
Comment 4 of 33, added on February 27th, 2005 at 4:30 PM.

The poem is short, but it gets the point across. Hughes is saying that
blacks "are wise" to the fact that justice is blind. He says that maybe,
once, justice "had eyes," but now it is blind to the blacks. He is saying
that the blacks don't get justice like the whites. I liked this poem.

Sean from United States

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Poet: Langston Hughes
Poem: Justice
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