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Daybreak In Alabama By Langston Hughes Essay

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The poems “Daybreak in Alabama,” by Langston Hughes, and “Strange Fruit,” by Abel Meeropol, were written during a time period of strict racial inequality. Hughes’ poem is about an African American who is seeing a racial equality forming around him in a positive way for the first time. Abel’s poem has a more negative side about black people being lynched in the South. The poems explore the common theme of racism in the South. In “Daybreak in Alabama” Hughes approaches the theme of racial inequality through hopeful imagery and delighted metaphor whereas in “Strange Fruit” Meeropol approaches the same theme through evil imagery and horrifying metaphor. In “Daybreak in Alabama,” by Langston Hughes, the author approaches the theme of racial inequality through hopeful imagery, whereas in ¨Strange Fruit,¨ Meeropol approaches the same theme using evil imagery. Hughes describes a hopeful future for blacks and whites together in the South when he writes, ¨ black and white black white black people/...touching everybody with kind fingers.¨ These lines show hopeful imagery because it´s showing the mixed races together as one in a friendly way for the first time. Whereas Meeropol approaches the…show more content…
Hughes describes a more hopeful understanding of racial inequality in the South by saying ¨I'm gonna write me some music about/Daybreak in Alabama.” This shows the start of something new through races coming together as one. Meeropol compares the bodies of the blacks being hung in a not horrifying way. He compares this by saying “Southern trees bear a strange fruit.” This is calling the African Americans being lynched “strange fruit.” This is so unusual because there is usually apples and peaches hanging on the tree and now all of a sudden there's dead
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