Analysis Of ' On The Road ' By Langston Hughes

868 WordsJun 14, 20154 Pages
Walker insists that there is representation to white people when the narrator of the story “On the Road” by Langston Hughes speaks of the church and the snow. Walker does include some nice points, points that one could easily see. Some of her points and observations though, I feel are a bit of a long shot. I have the same feelings towards Walker’s comparison of “On the Road” and the story of Samson. Walker’s first theory is that the snow is “a symbol of the white oppressive world that is making sergeant so miserable and that he is trying so hard to ignore.” Right off the bat I have to disagree with Walker. I do not believe that Sergeant is trying to ignore the snow. I think he honestly just doesn’t notice it. He notice’s white oppression. He even acknowledges it when he is shot down by Reverend Mr. Dorset and thinks “They drew the color line anyhow,” referring to the shelters and again when he says “I know it’s a white folks’ church.” The snow is different. He has too much going on to be concerned with the snow. He is too hungry, sleepy, and cold to even notice the snow. It’s like taking a day trip out in the hot sun. It’s easy to feel pain in one’s feet and not realize the sun burning his or her skin. It is still weather affecting someone, but because there are other issues, it goes unnoticed. The snow does play an important role in the view of the church. The church is “pale in the snow.” The church is blurry and distorted white because of the falling snow. This is the
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