Analysis of Dream Deferrred

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Dream Deferred is one of Langston Hughes famous poetry. I and my friends had discussed and made an analysis and wrapped it in a power point slides. Here we go, hope this can help :)

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Analysis of Dream Deferrred

  1. 1. Group 2 Cresecendo Baumans (121214084) Kurnianingtyas Dita P. (121214089) M. Angga Kurnia H. (121214085) Carolina Dini Wulansari (121214102)
  2. 2. In 1951, African American people in America were seen as the second-classed citizens even the Civil War was over. They had to attend poorly equipped schools and worked as lowly jobs like porters, ditch-diggers, servants, and so on. They could not use the same public facilities as the whites, including restrooms, restaurants, theaters, or parks. In a bus, they had to take the back seat. In that case, Hughes wanted to express this situation into a poem.
  3. 3. What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore- And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over - like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?
  4. 4. Similes comparing a dream deferred with a raisin in the sun, a sore, rotten meat, a syrupy sweet, and a heavy load. Repetition of certain sounds - up, sun -meat, sweet What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore- And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over - like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode? Setting - Originally sets in America in 50s - Nowadays : anywhere and anytime
  5. 5. Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore- (lines 2-4) Comparison of the dream to a raisin and a fester Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over- like a syrupy sweet? (lines 6-8) Comparison of the dream to foods Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. (lines 9-10) Comparison of the dream to a heavy load.
  6. 6. - A man who express the true feeling of blacks in America. - A person who has a postponed dream. - To show the true feeling of African American people ini America in that time. - To express the gloomy or depressing feeling of having a postponed dream. Lyric poem. (A poem which expresses the speaker’s mind)
  7. 7. Rhyme : Some internal (Assonance) -- up, sun --meat, sweet (Alliteration) -- What happens to a dream deferred? -- Does it dry up (lines 1-2) -- syrupy sweet (line 7) End : No end rhyme
  8. 8. Raisin A raisin is a grape that has been dried up. Like a raisin means a long-sitting unreached dream that loses its "juice" or spirit and then shrinks. A grape is usually fresh and plump, but then it is dried up to be a raisin that is shriveled.
  9. 9. The speaker tells us that having a deferred dream is painful. A dream deferred tell us what will happen if we postpone our dream too long. A deferred dream make us lifeless like a raisin in the sun. The pain will be worse because it is untreated, fester like a sore. If we stay postponing our dream, it will stink and rot and it becomes disgusting for the dreamer, then it is better to throw it away than keep it. It will stuck like a crust on something sweet if we ignore it too long. A postponed dream will not be moving, it just stays and droops down, it is like a heavy load that sags. And at the end, our deferred dream makes us lose our hope, live in despair or chaos, or burn in frustration.

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