Identity in the Poetry of Langston Hughes

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Search for Identity in the Poetry of Langston Hughes In exploring the problem of identity in Black literature we find no simple or definite explanation. Nevertheless, it is generally accepted that it is rooted in the reality of the discriminatory social system in America with its historic origins in the institution of slavery. One can discern that this slavery system imposes a double burden on the Negro through severe social and economic inequalities and through the heavy psychological consequences suffered by the Negro who is forced to play an inferior role, 1 the latter relates to the low self-estimate, feeling of helplessness and basic identity conflict. Thus, in some form or the other, every Negro American is confronted with…show more content…
But they were persons who were trying to uphold the race. Another poem "Freedom Train" celebrates a long struggle of the Afro Americans. It is a dream which has not come true and will not come true for the Afro American masses. Uprooted from the natural environment of Africa, the Negro in America feels suffocated for lack of freedom, joy and happiness. The Negro soul so deep and ancient is still conscious of his heritage and strength. The poet inspired of American experience of the race seeks unity, community and identity, remote in history and beyond the frontiers of America. Langston Hughes became a votary of freedom for the blacks as the black people in America were deprived of their political, economic and social rights. His central concern was the concern of the black Americans, their struggle for freedom from the tyranny of the whites. It is quite natural for a man to feel attached to his people, to care for their freedom and to make them equal to other human beings, as freedom and equality are the primary necessities of life. He is of the belief that the African identity is fundamental to the Afro-Americans; that the pride of ancestry, dreams to rebuild a powerful African image is necessary for the survival of the community in America. According to Langston Hughes, for the permanence of black identity, racial pride is essential. He says: Wear it Like a banner For
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