Montage Of A Dream Deferred By Langston Hughes

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Many of the poems within “Montage of a Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes contain great meaning as well as emotion embedded within them. Whether they are 3 lines or 20 lines long, vivid images and explanations follow. The main focus of the series of poems are centralized on African Americans living in Harlem in the 20’s and on and their opposition from the rest. The motif in nearly all poems express discrimination, daily activities, and African American’s struggle for equality. Out of all poems, certain ones such as “Theme for English B”, “Ballad of the Landlord”, and “Harlem #2” stood out. These short poems have a similar correlation carrying the same meaning and or idea.
In the poem “Theme for English B”, a black student is asked to
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He concludes with “As I learn from you, I guess you learn from me—although you’re older—and white—and somewhat more free. This is my page for English B.” The Black student realizes that not only does the teacher have the ability to teach, but even the students can teach the teacher something they never knew regardless if he/she is older, white, and more “free” than he is. Langston Hughes states that all “Americans” are shaped and defined differently and there is no specific way to be an American.
Moving on to the second poem; “Ballad of the Landlord”, we see back and forth conversations between a white landlord and his unhappy black tenant. The black tenant tries explaining the poor conditions of his apartment. Flaws such as broken steps, and the leaking roof are examples of imagery. The black tenant tells his landlord that he won’t be able to talk after he lands his fists on him. Without a further ado, the white tenant calls the police and the black tenant instantly gets arrest and sentenced to 90 days in county jail with no bail. Hughes expresses a theme of injustice for the black race in comparison to how the white race is favored and carry unfair power in society. It is easily said that the condition of the apartment explains the quality of a black person’s justice: broken.
Lastly, in the poem “Harlem #2”, the speaker right off the bat tosses many rhetorical questions that the reader can ponder on. “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in
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