Analysis of Langston Hughes´ The Negro Speaks of Rivers

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Langston Hughes has endured hardships from the time his parents separated to being raised in different cities. Hughes has tried multiple times to reconnect with his father, but it never succeeded. Although Langston Hughes has a complicated relationship with his father it led him to write one of the most well-known novels that gave him recognition: Negro Speaks of Rivers. Langston Hughes was born February 1st, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. Hughes’s father, James Nathaniel Hughes, left him and his mother and headed to Mexico. Hughes, his mother unable to provide for him, lived with his grandmother in Lawrence, Kansas. Langston Hughes had ‘‘learned lessons in endurance and pride from his grandmother’’ (Litz 725). He lived with his Aunt Reed outside of Lawrence, after his grandmother had died when he was twelve years old. A year later he moved to Lincoln, Illinois with his mom and stepdad afterward his stepbrother. Hughes and his family moved, where he was enrolled in a high school in Cleveland. Langston was fascinated with Carl Sandburg and Paul Dunbar. ‘‘Sandburg became one of the most important influences on Langston work’’ (Bryant 13). Hughes contributed to his school literary magazine where he wrote poems about Sandburg and Dunbar. In the…
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