America Again Langston Hughes Analysis

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The American Dream is this idea that every American has an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. Each citizen is had earned to live a happy life in America. In the poem “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes, it is stated that the American Dream is non-existent. Many may think it is there an American Dream, however, it is just an idea that has never been conceived. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the American Dream is present; however it is very hard for one to achieve. Hawthorne and Hughes both display two completely different perspectives on the American Dream. Hughes portrays his perspective on the American Dream by saying it is nonexistent. People nation-wide have the idea that America is the land of opportunity or that everyone is equal. Hughes does not think this. He says, “O, let America be America again—The land that never has been yet—” (Hughes, 62-63). What Hughes means by this is that America has a reputation for being one of the best countries to live in because everyone is equal and free. Hughes is trying to get the message across that this is not the case. America is not at the perfect place, and never has been. Many races and genders in America are still discriminated against. In order to establish what the ideal American Dream is, we have to get our country to the “dream” that one wishes to live. While Hughes…show more content…
Hughes believes that there is no such thing as the American Dream, whereas Hawthorne believes that there is. Many authors, and people nationwide, have their own perspective on the American Dream, and they are all different. No two people have the same exact position on this topic. That is why is it called a dream. Everyone has their own thoughts, images, and sensations about the American Dream. This makes all perspectives so unique and special in their own individual
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