“One Friday Morning”
One Friday Morning” is written by Langston Hughes in 1950’s.The story is about a young black girl, Nancy Lee, who recently moved out of the South with her parents so they may provide her with a better life and schooling. Very talented in watercolor painting, she wanted to make that her major in college. . He brings in themes like racism, equal rights between human beings, racial and national pride and of course the American dream. His biggest aim is to show the world how black people are treated. That America really does not fulfill the American dream about all men being equal does not live up to the declaration of independence. The main characters are Nancy Lee, and Miss O’Shay. Nancy went to a normal high school in the North of America. She was a smart, good looking, and very intelligent girl, who did excellent in school. She was joining the art class, singing in the school musical, and playing basketball in her spare time. Still her white classmates looked upon her as collared. Her mother was a secretary, and her father a mailman. They were all three together living a middle class life in a good neighborhood. Her family had worked hard to get Nancy to a good school which could give her the opportunity to really become something. Miss O’Shay, the school principal did her best to encourage Nancy Lee not to give up, to fight for her dreams. In the story they compare Miss O’Shay with the abolitionists and the first white teachers, who fought for the slaves. She is an idealist and against all kind of racism. Every year in school, an art prize is given to the student behind the best picture in art class. This year the prize was dedicated to Nancy Lee. She had painted a beautiful and idyllic painting of a accidental spring day in the city park. Children were playing around, smiling; an old woman was sitting on a bench looking at the American flag, which was placed on the top of a high pole. The picture was Nancy’s way of showing her dream, the...
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