Analysis Of The Negro Speaks Of Rivers By Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes declares “Negroes - Sweet and Docile, Meek, Humble, and Kind: Beware the day - They change their minds”. Originally, society has been involved in racial stereotypical events. During Hughes’s era individuals with darker skin tone were focal points of racism and segregation. The racism associated with African-Americans was a general experience that persisted even after the abolishment of slavery. One effective means of alleviating racial stereotyping was relating African-Americans to Caucasians within the equality of being American citizens. Langston Hughes, in his short poem The Negro Speaks of Rivers, generalizes not just being American, but the experiences throughout history. Hughes’ poem shows relative cultural and historical events to promote an integrated lineage among all races. Hughes work ethic, style, technique and achievement lead to him being an innovative writer. To begin, Langston Hughes had a lot of key contribution towards him becoming an innovative writer. For instance, Hughes’s Grandmother had a major influence on his love of literature as he described in his novel. Hughes's grandmother was also a marvelous storyteller, narrating “long beautiful stories about people who wanted to make the Negroes free” (The Big Sea: An Autobiography, Langston Hughes, Page 17, 1940.) Hughes is often considered one of the writer to every write. His themes focused on the issues that were prevailing in America: equality, suffrage and racism. Hughes work fell right in line with this perspective. Moreover, Hughes inclusion of the concept of human blood and veins suggests the theme of life and connectivity. For instance, in ancient time people built their civilizations around rivers and bodies of water because of the resources it made a ideal habitat for preserving life within many of humans. In relation, the blood in human bodies makes life possible to sustained by keeping the organism alive as blood is constantly pumped throughout the body. “I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins” remarked Hughes (Hughes, 1707). Under the theme of life, this quote brings to light that rivers and human blood flowing are used in a simile to a timeless and
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