In life people set up many goals in which they believe will make them happy once they conquer them. Some of the goals can be easily accomplished, while others may take years to deal with like your dreams. In the poem A Dream Deferred, by Langston Hughes, the subject of dealing with your dreams is viewed in an honest way. The poem uses strong similes, diction, and imagery compare a lost or lingering dream.
The poem starts off asking, "what happens to a dream deferred?"ÃÂ Already inquiring ones mind to the subject at hand. But what does the author mean by a deferred dream. Langston Hughes refers to a "deferred dream"ÃÂ as a dream of which has been postponed or put off for some time. This may resemble a dream that has been lost or a dream that is becoming further away from a reality everyday that passes.
Next Hughes asks, "Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?"ÃÂ This simile associates the dream with a dried up raisin. Claiming a dream not reached will slowly start to wilt away until no more damage can be done. The poem proceeds saying "Or fester like a sore- and then run?"ÃÂ This line of imagery compares the dream with a festering sore. Saying the unlived dream is in a state of deterioration and will constantly sit there like an itchy sore on your arm. Exposed to the rest of the world and always bringing your attention to it. Then the sore runs away, disappearing. The unlived dream will also disappear as time goes on.
Furthermore, Hughes uses increasingly destructive imagery and diction to present his warning of what will happen if one does not obtain his goals. Hughes' first two images depict withering and drying, a sense of...