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Submitted By smerlyn
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The poem “Let America Be America Again” by Langton Hughes has different meanings. This poem begins to talk about how the pioneers first came to America in the search of what many people call “The American Dream”. It talks about how they came to America seeking for equality and liberty, but is it America really a place of liberty and equality? This is what Hughes makes us question our self about. The poem speaks of the American dream that never existed for the lower class American. It also talks about the freedom and equality that every immigrant hoped for but never achieved. In his poem, Hughes represents not only African Americans, but other minority groups as well. Besides criticizing the unfair life in America, the poem conveys a sense of hope that the American Dream is soon to come. Which I think is something that even now many people can relate to.
This poem is written in 1935. Langston Hughes is writing a poem of someone who feels that America does not live up to what it should be. The tone is angry and resentful. In this poem it’s not representing the point of view of one particular group. It’s saying that there are many people who’ve come here with hopes and dreams and they’re being let down. He’s also saying that there is an economic difference between people. In essence the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer, because there is not equal opportunity. That idea is something that is not real for many people because of their race, economic situation, and come up.
Hughes use images that are very vivid. The idea of scars connotes all the violence and beatings of slavery, which makes the reader even more passionate. Throughout the poem, Hughes uses rhetorical questions to cause the reader to pause and think. For example, "The free? Who said free?" Hughes makes the reader question exactly that, the fact that is America really a country where everyone is...