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Zora Neale Hurston Vs Langston Hughes On The African American Dream

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The American Dream was just that for that for some of the Blacks who were struggling or living in New York during the Harlem Renaissance. Living the “American Dream” was something most thought they would never see or have the pleasure to enjoy. Working a good job, being treating fairly and being able to own a nice house and buy nice things was all a dream that they believed would never become a reality. One could say those were the thoughts of the Blacks who didn't have faith or hope or the drive to make the “American Dream” their reality. And this is because Black was thought so little of. They were thought to be ugly and worthless and inferior to the “Americans”. With this constant negative reminder, it was easy for Blacks to self-hate or to hate someone of the same race but a darker shade or of a different social class. However all Blacks did not feel that way. For instance, writers like Langston Hughes, Zora Neal Hurston and Elise Johnson McDougald knew that better days were coming and they too would be able to do the things the Whites thought they were not worthy of. They loved the skin that there were in and was not going to allow anyone to tell them otherwise. These three writers along with others believed that change was coming and their prayers and cries would soon be answered. Their struggling and fighting would soon all be worth it and the Blacks who came before them and fought to get them where they currently were would have not died in vain. Langston Hughes expresses this in his poem Let America Be America Again.
In this poem Hughes writes “I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars / I am the Negro, servant to you all” (20-31), these lines state that he understands that his ancestors too had to fight for change. This is to be expected being as though both of his grandmother were both owned slaves. And the grandmother that raised him after his parent divorced instilled in him a strong sense of racial pride. She did this through tradition and sharing with him her own experiences. Through living with a former slave and growing up in the 20s in Harlem Hughes became the strong minded and determined pro African American that he was. Hughes loved all Blacks not just the light ones or the more sophisticated ones but all Blacks. Yet, living in a Harlem neighborhood around people he referred to as “low down folk” he gained most of his creativity and muse. These were the people influenced him the most.
Hughes tried to depict “low down folk” as they were. He wrote about them in their natural light. He did not make them out to be people they were not or people that the “Americans” wanted them to be. Hughes believed that Black was beautiful and that it was his job to try to make his people believe the same. This is because of his father’s lack of love for the Black race. He resented his father for this and did not want others to also self-hate because of their race. Hughes main concern was uplifting his people. As well as make...

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