Harlem And The Sun By Langston Hughes

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“What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” This poem, Harlem, created a whole play based on one line (Hughes, 1055-1056). Langston Hughes wrote the poem Harlem due to his major role in the Harlem Renaissance. A Raisin in the Sun was concocted by Hughes one line, this play tells the story of an African American family living in the slums during a time when racial dilemmas were at an all time high. The family receives money from Mama’s husband passing away, but the family has disputes on how the money should be spent (Hansberry, 443-512). Throughout the play the title has significance by Hughes poem Harlem, African American lives in the 1950s, and the different dreams of the family members. One of the many proceedings that makes the title significant is the relation to Hughes poem Harlem. Harlem is a poem questioning what happens to a dream that does not come true. As we read the poem we find that all of the suggestions are of the dreams wasting away, except the last saying that the dream explodes, which is much more active and meaningful. “Langston Hughes was educated on the streets of Harlem listening to the hopeless and marginalised sing the blues. Many of his poems were written to the rhythm of blues music. Hughes listened and learned from the streets” (Price, 5). Harlem was written during the times of the Harlem Renaissance, which means Hughes was addressing the problem of African Americans not obtaining the same rights as white
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