Perseverance In Mother To Son By Langston Hughes

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Perseverance can play a huge role in a person’s life. Through difficult times, having perseverance can help anybody overcome their obstacles. When dealing with incredibly low income, perseverance is a helpful tool to have in a person's toolbox of life. In Langston Hughes poem’ “Mother to Son” the mother is advising her son about the hardships in life with the usage of imagery, metaphors and encouragement. The mother uses her life experiences to teach her son what she had to go through. During her years before her son was born, the mother gives examples of different scenarios she has been through. By giving the image of a broken house, she explains how “[i]ts had tacks in it, and splinters, and boards torn up, and places with no carpet on the floor” (Hughes 1). The mother is telling her son about her upbringing and the different difficulties she endured , hinting signs of possible poverty. The mother later uses light as another to interpret imagery in her conversation. The son is told about the downfall of poverty in her home “[a]nd sometimes goin’ in the dark [w]here there ain’t been no light” (Hughes 1). There have been times where the mother had to live with the lights being off and having to live in the dark. With such a rough past, the mother definitely has many examples to give to her son. Poverty is a huge issue many of people in the world have to deal with. Anybody can see or imagine seeing someone who is poor, but do not know exactly how devastating it can be.
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