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The Social Theory: A Dream Deterred By Langston Hughes

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The social theory being put forth by Langston Hughes about the American dream in this poem is that a “dream deferred” is a long and frustrated dream for the people in African American communities. I say this because the author is African-American and this poem concentrates, on possible reaction to the deferral of a dream. He states that the dream “dries like a raisin in the sun.” Since a raisin is just a dried grape, I believe it means that you can still use it no matter how long it dried for. When dreams are constantly getting deferred, we lose hope and motivation. “Does it stink like rotten meat” gives the reader a sense of disgust. A dream deferred may also stink, because of the negative aspects of it.
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