Let America Be America Again By Langston Hughes: Poem Analysis

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Being an American is a convoluted thing. We're better off than most, and many people are complacent with that fact. But that doesn't mean we should settle for less. America is missing a substantial chunk of what makes it "America". Egalitarianism. Think about it this way. If you were offered a job paying $20.00 per hour, and your current payed $8.00, you presumably wouldn't choose the one paying $8.00 just because it was familiar, or because other people are making minimum wage. You would assuredly want the better deal. Just like you'd have to work assiduously at the nicer job, you'd have to work hard for equality, but the outcomes are far more rewarding. Egalitarianism is the most important aspect of American culture. With an implication of…show more content…
People have been expressing these contumacious thoughts from the beginning. In the poem "Let America be America Again", by Langston Hughes, he says, "O, let my land be a land where liberty is crowned with no false patriotic wreath, but opportunity is real, and life is free, equality is in the air we breathe." and then goes on to say, "The free? Who said the free? Not me? Surely not me? The millions on relief today? The millions shot down when we strike? The millions who have nothing for our pay? For all the dreams we've dreamed, and all the songs we've sung, and all the hopes we've held, and all the flags we've hung, the millions who have nothing for our pay- except the dream that's almost dead today." This perfectly encompasses how America talks so big and gives so little. This dream is offered, this larger than life promise, this freedom campaign, but when it comes down to it, all these assurances are snatched away. Fairness is naught but a ghost of a thought in this country of hopeless faces, of starving children on the streets, of innocent colored men, women, and children being gunned down remorselessly. Of wage gaps, of prejudices, of laws preventing people from simply being who they are or loving whomever they
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