A Theme of His Own ?Theme for English B? by Langston Hughes starts off with a simple assignment from Hughes?s English teacher. ?Go home and write a page tonight. And let that page come out of you?Then, it will be true.? Through knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the creation of Hughes? ?Theme for English B?, it can be concluded that the descriptions and opinions present within the poem are truly representative of both Hughes? lifestyle and that of African-American culture in general.
After interpreting the assignment from his instructor, Hughes questions the accuracy of the assignment saying ?I wonder if it?s that simple?? (Line 1) He asks himself this question because he wonders if it will be any harder for him to write because of his ethnicity. In his first paragraph he tries to display a difference between him and everyone else by describing his daily life. ?I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston-Salem.?(Line
2) ?I am the only colored student in my class./The steps from the hill lead down into Harlem/ through a park, then I cross St. Nicholas, Eighth Avenue, Seventh, and I come to the Y,/ the Harlem Branch Y, where I take the elevator/ up to my room, sit down, and write this page:? (Lines 5-10) From these lines, Hughes tries to get the point across that his life is different from everyone else, by describing how he gets to his apartment. He tries to make the readers understand that this is the place he lives in and now he is going to start his assignment after establishing the point that he lives in this kind of environment.
Despite the fact that Hughes is young, the knowledge and experience hes gotten from living in Harlem makes it easier for him to portray the picture of...