Let America Be America Again By Langston Hughes: A Literary Analysis

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The Idea of The American Dream can be interpreted as a mixed blessing for many as they will change who they are or what they believe in just to achieve it. We see this idea in the play A Raisin in The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and Robert Nemiroff. This story shows the struggles of an African American family with dreams and hopes and not enough possibilities to achieve them. Another example of this idea is portrayed in the poem “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes. This poem shows a different side of The American Dream, the side that people often ignore because the outcome is not what they hope for. Both of these examples demonstrate a different perspective of “The American Dream”, the one we normally see and the one we choose to…show more content…
This side might not always seem pleasant to discuss but it’s the reality many face when they decide to pursue this dream. “Let America be America Again / Let it be the dream it used to be / Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free” (America never was America to me)....1-5. Hughes touches on the message that America is not what it used to be. Perhaps the land of opportunities does not have the opportunities it says it does and those who come here to find a better life may not always find what they want. Hughes looks at the fact that The American Dream does not always turn out to be as one hopes. The author tells that the dreams this land promises might have a different outcome for many. The fact that this country promises freedom and equality for everyone with different ethnicities, skin colors or genders does not always seems to be the case.”I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart / I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars / I am the red man driven from the land / I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek / And fighting only the same old stupid plan of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak”….. 20-25. Hughes not only focuses on a certain group but also expresses that this dream affects all different types of people. The author states that the dream for these people is not what they hoped for. The fact that America…show more content…
Lorraine Hansberry in “A Raisin In The Sun” shows the struggles of individual dreams and the obstacles they might have to face to achieve it. All the characters Hansberry portrays had a different dream and had to experienced different obstacles but the importance of a family always dominated. The author wants the reader to understand the importance of a family and that sometimes The American Dream can be achieved as a family rather than individually. On the other hand, Langston Hughes’ “Let America be America Again” states that America never felt like America to him or for the many people addressed in the poem. This nation is full of dreamers, the faithful, and the hopeful but for Hughes and many people this is not the case. The author recites that the idea of The American Dream has been broken and is not longer what it used to be or perhaps it was never that great to begin with. Hughes also shows that this dream has failed for many people with different nationalities, who come here in hopes of a better life and even failed to those Americans that had been

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