Desired Hope

1614 WordsJun 24, 20187 Pages
The American dream is a dream that everyone hopes to one day achieve. It is what keeps the country going and develops hard workers of many. Langston Hughes’s “I, Too” and Walt Whitman’s “I Hear America Singing” is the epitome of that dream, the poems both demonstrate a certain air of aspiration for the future of America and both of the speakers want change for the better. The poem’s speakers are both men and are of the working class. Even though their jobs may not be desirable and in Hughes’s “I, Too” the speaker may be working against his will, he is still working and they are both adhering with them for that feeling of hope. After all, the working class strata are the people with the strongest appetite for that dream because the reason…show more content…
During that time men were the only ones working strenuous jobs. Women took on roles that are more nurturing and caring. Usually stay-at-home housework and be a mother to their children. In the text women are not really recognized, in terms of the time when these poems were written it was normal and expected. It makes sense that both of the speakers are men because women were not equal to men yet. In “I hear America Singing” Whitman describes the women and their roles, “The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,” (Kennedy 1096). Back then the importance and the main focus towards equality was around men. Women were completely stereotyped in this quote because women do not just take on those roles anymore. There was no hope for them here and just simply doing their work in which they will have to do while they have children and are married. Nevertheless women were still mildly acknowledged. Women are completely left out in Langston Hughes’s “I, Too”. Of course there were women who were slaves, but Hughes only refers to the speaker as “the darker brother.” (Kennedy 976) The femininity acquired in this poem is when Hughes says, “ Besides, They’ll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed¬¬––“ (Kennedy 977). When Hughes decided to input the word beautiful it denotes a bit of femininity to the poem. Men rarely refer to themselves as beautiful because of the femininity surrounding
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