Theme For English B By Langston Hughes Essay

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Mid-century America was a place that was riddled with racial tension and social changes. Martin Luther King’s revolution was spreading like wildfire, and his examples of “civil disobedience” were inspiring groups of all races to peacefully protest segregation across the country. One example of peaceful protests appeared in writings by both black and white writers. These pieces were gaining attention across the globe, and once the fire of Civil Rights was ignited, it could not be extinguished.
Being a leader of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes was already on the front lines of African-American literature, and with his works, he opened the eyes of his white peers to the trials and tribulations of being black in America. In his poem “Theme for English B,” Hughes is able to relate not only to Harlem’s “common man,” but also to the racial discrimination of the time. The narrator of this poem expresses the feelings and story of a fictional narrator, but his feelings and story mirror many common African American’s feelings and lives at that time. The narrator is a “common man” from Harlem in a class where his peers are all white, a common occurrence during the time that “Theme for English B” was written (Hughes 333). Despite the fact that the narrator’s story is one that mirrors a race that was seen as not good enough, Hughes is able to interest all races with his story. Hoyt W. Fuller says that Hughes “chose to identify with plain black folks—not because it…

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