Show Your Dreams Deference

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Michael McCarthy
Professor K. Jefferies
WRI 201-073
May 6, 2011
Show Your Dreams Deference
James Langston Hughes, born in Joplin, Missouri on February 1, 1902, is renowned for being one of the most prolific and influential writers to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance (Bloom). The Harlem Renaissance was an integral part of the Civil Rights Movement because it cultivated many great minds and empowered a multitude of different individuals that would bring the plight of African Americans to the nation’s attention in an eloquent, non-threatening manner. Like Martin Luther King, Langston Hughes also had a dream: The American Dream. This borderline obsession with dreams and their importance is a constant theme... View More »

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As a child, Hughes was once beaten up by a group of white children for taking a shortcut through their neighborhood. Constant racism, which took shape in events like the aforementioned, made him “[believe] in books more then in people” (Dyson). Langston was very active in his schools. He was elected class poet at an early age, wrote for his high school newspaper and edited the yearbook. Obviously, Hughes showed a great proficiency and affinity for literature at an early age. After high school Hughes attended Columbia University, but only stayed there for a year because he was not completely mentally stimulated like he hoped he would be. It was at this point in his life he fell in love with Harlem, which would become his new home and the inspiration for a large amount of his literature. As an adult, Hughes constantly changed his surroundings, which mirrored his childhood. Before his death on May 22, 1967, Langston Hughes would complete 16 books of poetry, two novels, seven collections of short fiction, two autobiographies, four books of nonfiction, ten books for children and an astounding twenty-five plays. Hughes died alone in a hospital of congestive heart failure (Hacht).
In order to encompass the theme of dreams in Hughes’ literature, the use of another’s critical analysis becomes essential. This gives anyone interested in creating his or her own analysis a guide on how to critique a well-known poets work. “Dream Variations” is one of Langston Hughes’ poems that explicitly talks about dreams, and has been critically analyzed by several noteworthy writers.
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