Invictus And Mother To Son Analysis

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What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger A boy who is being bullied at school doesn't know what to do or who to go to. He has become depressed and a shell of who he once was. He wants to talk to someone about what he is going through. He talks to his friend. His friend says he can not give into the bullies and give them what they want. He has to get stronger for the next bullies to come. Hardships are very common among people who are struggling, but they can not give into those struggles, instead of giving in they need to get stronger. This idea can be seen in many pieces of the following poems.“Invictus” by William Ernest Henley and “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes both convey the message that people who are struggling throughout a…show more content…
He shows this by using other forms of literary devices like using symbolism because it shows other ways the reader can understand they can not give up when going through a struggle. For example, “And splinters,/ And boards torn up,/ And places with no carpet on the floor-/ Bare” (Hughes 3-7). The author uses this to show the reader how rough the mother's life was growing up. The metaphor gives an image that the stairs the mother was climbing where her hardships. Even when things got hard she kept going on with her life and went up another step and got stronger for the next. In addition another figurative language peice is extended metaphor. Langston Hughes uses this because the reader can compare not giving up and getting stronger. One extended metaphor in “Mother to Son “ is “Don't you set down on the steps/ ‘Cause you finds it's kinder hard./ Don't you fall now” (Hughes 15-17). The author used this literary device to show the reader that they can not give up. The comparison between the hardships in someone's life and falling down stairs gives the reader a better perspective. For example when someone walks up stairs that are hard, broken, and splintered it will hurt. So this pain is represented as the hardship she is enduring and overcoming. This helps the reader understand the concept of giving up. People going through a hard time can not let their struggles consume them, but they need to overcome them and get stronger. Poems “Invictus” by

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