Theme For English B
How simple is it to write a paper about yourself? When there are so many sides of you because of who you are. Each of us has different colors in our personality because of where we live and the people that surround us in our daily lives. Its not about the race or the color of the skin. In the poem “Theme for English B,” a response to an assignment given by his class instructor, Langston Hughes writes about the differences between himself and his instructor’s race. He talks about being the only “colored” person in his class and expresses the feeling that as much as he is proud and relates to his black culture and surroundings, he is also influenced by other races he inter-relates with, mainly “white”. Although he details the commonalities between the two races, Langston manages use his community, Harlem as a source of inspiration to write a poem that is depictive of his “colored” ethnic background. This poem proves to a reader how language is so powerful.
Langston manages not to single himself out from the community by saying “Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love. I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.” This shows how he has interests in these simple daily activities like everyone else like his classmates and his instructor. The only thing that separates both is their “color”. Everything else is similar. Even after proving his similarities with his teacher, he kept on mentioning how his experiences were still different. White people always had their benefits and priorities unlike the black people who were belittled and treated unfairly.
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