Let America Be America Again Analysis

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David Bassey
ENG 131/ Rietz
27 November, 2017
Disappointed, Yet Optimistic - Let America Be America Again
The Poem, ‘Let America Be America Again’ was written in 1938 by Langston Hughes. An American writer of the 20th century and well known for writing about injustice and inequality against low income working folks that existed in his days as a kid in Harlem south of Manhattan, New York. At a young age in the 1920’s were the years of Manhattan’s black renaissance (Hughes).In the poem “Let America Be America Again”, the speaker expressed his frustrations of African American who are victims of deception regarding what American is portrayed be. Our narrator emphasizes how dream became the motivation of the American people. Hughes also made reference to the inequality and lack of freedom that existed in the American community especially the disadvantaged multiracial, multi-skill workers. Hughes wrote about the shift in what is meant by a free America as a result of greed and not living up to what it’s known for, “The Land of the Free”. People made brave move from old world through many shores to build the now known America. The narrator however did not lose all hope. In the last lines of the poem, Hughes showed that in the end, the freedom would be worth the while. He expressed hope in a way of an oath that “America will be!” that America would become that land of the free, the American had dreamt it to be.
Hughes begin with an expressions of hopes and dreams that make American
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