During this period, Hughes moved through a large part of the United States on a regular basis as his mother shifted jobs. Throughout the poem, we can see many uses of imagery, especially in the details of the staircase, to clearly depict its true meaning. The of the poem is didactic, encouraging, and hopeful. One can therefore conclude that the poem is said from an uneducated but wise black mother to her son. Also because of his African background, he had experienced racial prejudice, oppression, and social inequalities throughout his life time. It has also enabled many people to conceive of a nation where people of African origin may live without feeling that they are in any way inferior to people of other races. The main metaphor in the poem is the staircase.
It is two stanzas long, and the content dictates the form. Hughes first express the need for dream in the first 4lines when he says: Hold fast to dreams For if … dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. The imagery from the advice given in the stanza is explicit and poignant: Well, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. Langston's sensitive nature was also responsible paradoxically in reinforcing his. In this poem there is significant meaning from a loving mother to her son through language, metaphors, imagery repetition….
The poem ends with a reminder to her son that life for her and for anyone will not be a perfect and steady process. The varied line lengths mirror the ups and downs of the staircase and the path of life. This means that her life has not been perfect and she had many challenges to deal with. The main theme of the poem is the determination that helps. She too can not find a man who is equally yoked. As for the famous and intelligent Langston Hughes his real name is also James Mercer Langston Hughes his name came from his father great grand father and his brother John Mercer Langston. The dilapidated staircase is also representative of the poor living conditions of the Black Americans under the tyranny of the Whites.
It is the epitome of what every parent should instill within their child and that is the success of our children. I believe it to be about an opportunist. By: Chloe and Pratishtha K. The Mother tries to help her son maintain his faith as well, which will help him persevere through life's struggles. She always pushed through every difficulty life gave her and that is the advice that she can give to her son.
The story of the crystal staircase and its details has a different meaning beneath the surface which is crucial for the reader to depict. Many of his works were written from the perspective of an African American. Its simple language and powerful message make it both accessible and meaningful for middle grade students. But if one is determined and has solid goals they will never give up despite all hardships. And then the wall rose, Rose slowly, Slowly, Between me and my dream. She wants her son to keep striving on what he believes and to have a more prosperous life than what she had. He declares he is an American and should have the rights to stand on his two feet and own his land, supported by lines 7 through 9.
She says she has been through her share of hardships, but she continues to persevere. With this storyboard, students should choose 3-5 important lines from the text and depict their figurative meaning. The poem is based on the of advice given by a mother to her son. His writings are an expression of the hardship that his community endured. His poems have contributed immensely to the enriching of the body of African American literature. The poem can therefore be interpreted not just as a mother giving advice to the son but also to the general audience. Of these various relationships, Shakespeare reveals his interest in the relationship between the mother and son within Hamlet.
These socioeconomic struggles were particularly severe in America during the Jim Crow era before the Civil Rights Movement. Download file to see previous pages The poem conveys the world view of the mother which includes the difficulties that one is to expect in life. She has walked in bare places and in the dark. By using the metaphor of the staircase, Hughes alludes to Jacob's Ladder. He alludes to lost and forgotten aspirations, insinuating that African Americans are not allowed access to the American Dream because of their race. The mother uses the staircase to advice the son on the various stages of life, and he also uses the metaphor of the staircase to advice the son not to give up in life.
With his brilliant writing, Hughes conveys to the reader to never giving up just because something is not easy Langston2. The speaker, a mother, tells her son that though her life has had many challenges, she has continued to move forward, never giving up. Analysis: These two poems are not as widely anthologized, but are thematically similar in the way Hughes expresses the disparity between the American Dream and the reality of life for African Americans during the early 20th Century. Some poems celebrate African American cultural heritage, while others lament their past enslavement and continued economic struggles. He became an important force in the Harlem Renaissance of 1920 to 1940. His first poem was published in 1921; he published his first collection, The Weary Blues, when he was twenty-three. Therefore, Langston Hughes felt compelled to speak his mind for equality and his birthright freedom via poetry.