Comparing Mother To Son 'And Langston Hughes' Still I Rise

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Let us say someone encountered a bump in life or something bad happened people will always move past it eventually because people cannot let something weigh them down for the rest of their lives. The big message or idea of these two poems is to keep moving on because people will always have to deal with problems. In “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes and Still I Rise by Maya Angelou they both convey the message that people should never give up and keep on rising no matter what happens or what people say. Throughout the poem “Mother to Son,” Langston Hughes coveys that people should always keep pushing towards their goals and not give up. To express this the author uses a metaphor which expresses this theme because the author keeps on referring to their life as not being a crystal stair. In the poem Langston Hughes states, “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair” (2). This metaphor is used to show that the speaker’s life is hard, tough and not easy. Because a crystal stair is…show more content…
The author uses personification which expresses the theme because it shows people saying mean things about the speaker, but they keep moving on. In the poem Angelou states, “You may shoot me with your words, / You may cut me with your eyes, / You may kill me with your hatefulness” (21-23). This literary device is used to show that the speaker will keep moving on no matter what people say about them and how it is relatable because sometimes you get that look from someone. Another device Maya Angelou uses is a simile because she shows that even though people are saying all this mean stuff the speaker is still happy and joyful. Maya Angelou states, “Like dust, I’ll rise” (4). This is important because the speaker compares themselves to dust always rising up no matter what. It expresses the theme because they will always rise up no matter
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