Literary analysis of Langston Hughes

Essay by jordan5210University, Bachelor'sA+, September 2006

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It seems as though racism has been an issue in this world since the beginning of time. Many people, in all walks of life, have tried to bring awareness to this and cease it from existing. This has been done in countless ways, whether it be group associations, speeches by those in the public eye, or even by passing laws. There is one form of this movement, however, that has stood out beyond all others in the attempt to change things, and has made this issue the most real and inspiring. Langston Hughes utilized his writings to make the experience of racism and life of African- Americans so authentic that those who had never experienced racism could now feel the true sting of it's lashing.

One of Langston Hughes' strongest wishes was for the entire black race to be proud of themselves, and of their culture. He was discouraged by those who wasted their talent in the arts by doing mediocre work that lacked the impact of their background.

His intent for these artists was for them to use art to portray the true content of their way of life, to open the world's eyes to the fact that these people had much to offer. Hughes once said in an essay, published in the Nation, One of the most promising of the young Negro poets said to me once, 'I want to be a poet-not a Negro poet,' meaning, I believe, 'I want to write like a white poet'; meaning behind that, 'I would like to be white.' and I was sorry the young man said that, for no great poet has ever been afraid of being himself. And I doubted then that, with his desire to run away spiritually from his race, this boy would ever be a...