"Theme for English B" by Langston Hughes

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We as humans are born a different race, but we are still the same. In Langston Hughes "Theme for English B" his diction created an atmospherical representation of the world that he lived in and the world where we wanted and hoped to live. The speaker in the poem explains that although he is black and the instructor is white they are still the same.

"I feel and see and hear, Harlem, I hear you: hear you, hear me-we two-you, me talk on this page," represents the use of his diction, but also his imagery. "Hearing Harlem", hearing a city puts the thoughts of bustling cars, lights, and crowded city life into one's mind. His word choice of "hear you, hear me-we two-you me," catches the readers' eyes and makes them think why he uses these words. This allows the reader to realize that Langston is saying that he may be black but that society needs to realize that he hears him, but society needs to hear him the same way.

Langston goes on explaining that he enjoys the same natural habits just like everyone else, " Well I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love...I like to work, read, learn, and understand life...I like a pipe for a Christmas present, or records...Bessie, bop, or Bach." The reader is able to pick up that being white or black we still share the common interest of life. He then uses three types of music: blues, bebop, and classical. We know that two of the music are stereotyped as black music and one white. But the relevance in this line is that regardless of the type of music it is, he makes a point saying that it is not the color I like it is the culture within the music.