The American Dream: Still Deferred Many Years Later

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The applicability of the images to the African-American experience is subtly rather than explicitly reinforced. The name of the poem is the most potent reference to the author's concern about the treatment of his people. But when he asks: "Does it dry up/ like a raisin in the sun?" it is hard not to think of the skin of slaves, drying up in the sun in the antebellum south." Hughes does not need to explicitly mention slavery. The words "Or fester like a sore / And then run?" also refers to how slaves tried to run and escape their masters. "Maybe it just sags/ like a heavy load" reinforces the image that African-Americans have been treated as beasts of burden in the past. The poem ends with an image of explosion, implying that sustained injustice results in anger and resistance, even violence. Injustice cannot be weathered indefinitely. But although the images of the Hughes poem are African-American in character, the metaphors used to describe the plight of injustice have universal applicability.
The children of illegal immigrants who have grown up in this country, have known no other nation other than America yet cannot move forward and secure and education or a legitimate job because of their illegal status also find themselves with deferred dreams, like the…
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