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"Theme For English B" By Langston Hughes

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We as humans are born a different race, but we are still the same. In Langston Hughes "Theme for English B" his diction created an atmospherical representation of the world that he lived in and the world where we wanted and hoped to live. The speaker in the poem explains that although he is black and the instructor is white they are still the same."I feel and see and hear, Harlem, I hear you: hear you, hear me-we two-you, me talk on this page," represents the use of his diction, but also his imagery. "Hearing Harlem", hearing a city puts the thoughts of bustling cars, lights, and crowded city life into one's mind. His word choice of "hear you, hear me-we two-you me," catches the ...view middle of the document...

..I like a pipe for a Christmas present, or records...Bessie, bop, or Bach." The reader is able to pick up that being white or black we still share the common interest of life. He then uses three types of music: blues, bebop, and classical. We know that two of the music are stereotyped as black music and one white. But the relevance in this line is that regardless of the type of music it is, he makes a point saying that it is not the color I like it is the culture within the music.While writing the poem he is asking himself if the instructor will allow herself to see the poem from a young man's point of view or will she allow herself to see the poem from a young BLACK man's point of view. He is saying that the paper he is writing has no color to it. He understands that in the world they lived in it was not okay to except the fact that African Americans shared the same qualities, views, feelings, and/or air as the white race. However, when it all comes down to the wire we are all Americans. Therefore, we are all the same even if that is not what someone wants.The overall dictation of "Theme for English B" is that in reality there is only one kind: humans. Hughes, of course saw that black, just like the white people, had the potential in their lives to succeed, and the black, just like white people have folks that are sometimes a disgrace to the community. By concluding all of this, he knew that deep inside we are all the same, and that is what really matters.Work Cited:Hughes, Langston. " Theme for English B." The Norton Anthology of Poetry. Ed.Margaret Ferguson, Mary Jo Salter, Jon Stalworthy.New York: NY, 2005. 1434-143

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