Theme for English BBy Langston Hughes By Li Chien, David Choe, Mathew Hetzer and Hunter Fitzgerald
Introduction Title: Theme for English B Author: Langston Hughes Published on 1951 Theme: Two people may learn from each other no matter what their ethnicity is.
Biography 1902 Born in Joplin, Missouri in February 1, 1920 Mother: Carrie Mercer Langston Father: James Nathaniel Hughes Unlike his father, Hughes had great pride in his race.1903-1907 Hughes’ parents separated.1907-1915 Hughes moved to Lawrence, Kansas to live with his grandmother, Mary Patterson Leary. Hughes’ grandmother instilled him with African American pride.1915-1920 After the death of his grandmother, Hughes moved to Lincoln, Illinois where his mother was. In Lincoln, Hughes attended a high school where he was elected as the class poet simply because he was black. 1924 Hughes enrolled in Columbia University, and became involved with writers in Harlem.
Biography 1924 Hughes soon leaves Columbia University and gets more involved in Harem, continuously publishing his work in the Crisis and Opportunity magazines. 1925 Hughes wins a poetry contest in the magazine, Opportunity, for “The Weary Blues”1926-1929 Hughes enrolled in Lincoln University and graduated with a B.A. degree.1930-1956 Many of Hughes’ work was published, including “Not Without Laughter”, “The Dream Keeper”, “The Ways of White Folks”, Mulatto (play), “The Big Sea”, “Simple Speaks his Mind”, “Montage of a Dream Deferred”, “I Wonder As I Wonder”, 1967 Hughes died in May 22, 1967
BiographyStyle He put forth the images of African-Americans in his work. Hughes used rhythms of African American music, such as blues and jazz, when writing. Blues and jazz formed the subject and structure of his work and he tried to bring out the sound and rhythms from blues and jazz music. He used humor, loneliness, and despair to imitate the sound of blues and jazz music. “I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston-Salem. I went to school there, then Durham, then here To his college on the hill above Harlem.”
Biography“Go home and writeA page tonightAnd let that page come out of you---Then, it will be true.”“I feel and see and hear, Harlem, I hear you:”Langston Hughes describes in his poem, that his school and Harleminfluence his feelings and thinks it is problematic that black studentsstruggle to understand their identities.
Biography “So will my page be colored that I write? Being me, it will not be white. But it will be A part of you instructor. You are white--- Yet a part of me, as I am a part of you.”Hughes addresses that this negro problem is not only a problem for the blacks, but also for the whites to deal with, and therefore emphasizes the inseparability between the whites and the blacks.
Structure and Language Concise, straight-to-the-point sentences when making a statement (“That’s American.”/”Being me, it will not be white.”) Long details when concentrating on an important characteristic (“I am twenty-two…Harlem.”/”Well I like…Bach.”) Informal tone because they are both equal (“you” is used 12 times/”But it…instructor.”)
Overall Meaning The theme for “Theme for English B” is two people may learn from each other no matter what their ethnicity is. This is the theme because in the last stanza Hughes writes: “As I learn from you, I guess you learn from me--- Although you’re older---and white--- And somewhat more free.” Hughes begins the poem by describing himself and then moves onto how he wonders if his writing will be “colored” because of the segregation at the time. He then compares himself to his instructor and how his instructor is white and how he is black making them different, but they are both Americans and they both are apart from each other.
Overall Meaning “But it will be a part of you, instructor. You are white--- yet a part of me, as I am a part of you. That’s American.” During the time the poem was written there was a lot of controversy over segregation. Hughes states that no matter who we are we can all learn from each other and even if people don’t see it we are all a part of each other. This message also applies in todays society. People have different beliefs and ideas and they are often disputed. People may think differently but they are apart of each other and everyone learns from each other.
Reflection Republicans and Democrats often have different opinions but share some of the same views. Democrats are more liberal in that they support a strong federal government, and implement taxes that would benefit the less privileged. They believe the government should work to achieve the welfare of the whole nation. On the other hand, Republicans are more conservative and believe that the government should lessen their intervention and leave the answers to the people. They emphasize property rights more than well-fare rights, giving economic benefits to those above equality. Despite these differences, the Republicans and Democrats argue about each other’s ideas and all of this contributes to the United States, making it a better nation and helping the US find the middle ground and what is best for the country. They are clearly two different parties, but they learn from each other and are inseparable.
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