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Theme For English B

Langston Hughes

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Added by: D.W.
Just wondering...how do you know the narrator's name is Victor?
Added by: Jough
The post above wasn't suggesting that "Victor" was the name of the narrator - that comment was addressed to Victor, who posted comments above.
Regarding this poem...
Added by: Calvin Klein
this is a poor poem of Langston Hughes. He is a much better poet than what this poem demonstrates.
Yet a part of me, as I am a part of you.
Added by: Ashley Paulson
The metaphor of the white page and the instructor was so profound. It was so black and white and read all over. Powerful, powerful message...especially when it says

"You are white--
yet a part of me, as I am a part of you.
That's American."

That is so true..if only Americans really saw it that way. This place would be so much easier to live in!
concrete American identity
Added by: Lauren
I think the poem suggests that we should blur the racial identity that Americans are so often forced into and thus are separated from each other as the result.. What do you guys think?
Theme for English B
Added by: Monica

I agree with you! My question is the intended audience. Who is it? Hughes says

But it will be a part of you ,instructor.
You are white---

He does not capitalize the "i" in instructor which makes me question the intended audience.
Added by: Karen
Did anyone notice that he was resigning himself to the rigid structure of the professor. the professor writes or speaks in couplet form. even when hughes is trying to tell who he really is, he still resigns to this traditional, white, male writting style. and his use of "I guess" shows he is unsure of himself in a way. locality is also a large part of this poem. his school is on a hill, he lives down the hill showing he is looked down upon or his environment it, yet when he writes he takes an elevator to his room showing he writes in an elevated possition and is confident in his writing skills.
Added by: Ashley
Karen, you have great insight into the poem that I wouldnt have seen. It all makes since, but since Langston Hughes poems are fairly simple, its possible that you are looking too much into the poem.
Added by: carissa
i agree with karen about the location, with the hill, harlem being down the hill, his exposition of his true self being up the elevator. however, i disagree with the conformity to white male writing - to me, couplets don't automatically mean "oh, must be a WASP," and anyway, i can't find anything like a real rhyme scheme. there is only sporadic rhyming, which may have its own purpose, but much of the poem is free verse.
I see myself in this poem
Added by: Raychelle
This poem is one of the many poems written by Mr. Hughes that I can relate to. Being African American and in an AP English Lit class I often find myself almost clueless when the teacher gives us assignments to write about and still stay true to myself. I totally understand where the speaker is coming from. I to have a "white" instructor that I often feel doesn't care about who I am. I tip my hat to Langston Hughes. A brother that understood the struggle!

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