Dreams And A Dream Deferred By Langston Hughes

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Some people generally depend on dreams to give their life worth, value, and meaning. Dreams do not make life worth living because if dreams fail, they can cause more harm than they initially helped a person to begin with. Also, when people use dreams as a reason for living, that dream can end up backfiring and causing harm instead of helping the individual with that dream. Even though some people may use a dream as a catalyst to live and accomplish things, it 's not necessarily focusing on the present, it 's focusing on the future, which again, can be harmful if that dream is deemed unsuccessful. Two poems written by Langston Hughes called “Dreams” and “A Dream Deferred” both show that in general, dreams do not make life worth living.

Langston Hughes’s poem, “Dreams” shows that when dreams die, they end up hurting an individual more than that dream helped them. This is shown in the lines, “For if dreams die/ Life is a broken-winged bird/ that cannot fly.” This metaphor reveals that if a dream ends, or ‘dies,’ it’s difficult for a person to move forward and that a person is hindered by the demise of that said dream. By comparing a person to a broken-winged bird, it 's showing that a person is hindered from moving forward because the effect of that dream dying hurt them so much to the point where they just can’t move forward, like a bird cannot move forward or continue on without their wings. This point is also shown in the same poems lines, “For when dreams go / Life is a
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