Personal Response to The Awakening

The Awakening gives me a thought of chasing what a person really wants but not what the person is given. Edna has a husband that gives her basically everything that most of the women couldn’t get in the period of time. For example, wealth, a good house to live, good food every day, a life without any concerns about the environment she is living in. However, Mr. Pontellier was working so hard for his wife and children, therefore he did not have much time to spend with his family, he always had to work in other places. but he still sends packages to Edna. But she chose Robert, which he is just a normal man that is not as wealthy as Mr. Pontellier. Then she found out she had a crush on him. Edna rather chose what she wants rather than what she is given. She felt she is missing something important that she couldn’t get from Mr. Pontellier. On one side, I felt pity for her not to enjoy and appreciate what she had from her husband. But on the other hand, I respect her of following her heart of what she wants. She had the courage to step up to her true desire. However, the story ended in with a sad ending, Edna got rejected by Robert for leaving with her and she chose to commit suicide by swimming really far in the ocean. But Itrue respect her action of following her heart.

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The Negro Mother

Although “The Negro Mother” is a poem written by Langston Hughes, it is written from a mother’s perspective and a person who was a slave. From the name of the poem, Negro was a word to describe African American slaves. The poem is trying to express a mother is passing the hope to her children for freedom and equality. It is also emphasizing women’s positions in America’s society. Firstly, Hughes had set the tone of the poem, in line 1 to 4, the last words rhyme like AABB. In the first 6 lines, it declared the speaker is from a mother’s perspective with the keyword ‘children’ and phrases to describe a kind mother such as ‘shining like the sun with love’s true light’. From line 7 to 17, the speaker explains her experience of being a slave. Line 7 to 8, it is comparing herself to slaves back to 300 years ago. Then, she explains herself as a slave. Line 18 to 22, the mother believes she has the last hope which is her child, as a gift from God. it reveals that the love from mother is a great thing. Line 23 to 32, it is describing the mother had no ability to either read or write, also evoke emotions of depression in the slave community. But ‘ I had to keep on! No stopping for me–‘, there was no such thing as holidays for slaves, once they were slaves, they will die as a slave. But in line 23 to 52, the speaker tells about their hope and dreams would pass on to the future generations. ‘ I had only hope then, but now through you, Dark ones of today, my dreams must come true:’ the speaker is also representing all the African American slaves, to ask the next generation to remember how white people had treated them and encourage them to stay strong, to fight for the rights they should have deserved, so that they can become successful. Lastly, line 49 to 52, it shows the love from the mother would be the stairs towards success in the future. The whole main idea of this poem, “The Negro Mother”, is to appeal to all African Americans to be proud of themselves, don’t be underestimated by anyone.

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Dream Boogie

Dream Boogie is one of the short poems in his collection. It is also one of his short poems. This poem is like a protest to the white Americans when the racist and oppression is  Dream Boogie is a happy poem which we can see from a few words such as the phrase boogie-woogie, the word happy had appeared twice, the second last stanza said “Hey, pop!”,”Re-bop!” “Mop!”. This poem sounds like a song when we read it out, with the words rhythming and flows out a jazzy atmosphere. In the second stanza and the third stanza and the forth, we can see there is a extra line popped out which doesnt connect to the second and the forth, we can determine it is someone interuupted the speaker. From the second stanza, the last line “Beating out and beating out” and the interrupter asked that is it a happy beat. the listener thinks this is a happy beat, which it also reveals the peoms brings a positive, exciting mood. And then in the forth stanza, the listener interrupted the speaker from finishing saying the sentence. In the second and forth stanza, the end was cut off is too remind the oppression of African Amricans. In the fifth stanza, the last line says “take it away” which means like getting away from something. In the sixth stanza, there is no logically meanings with those line but it gives us a mood happy and dancing atmosphere. Yet, it is meant to be remained mysterious for the listeners of this poem, white amricans. Hughes wants them to listen to them even though they do not understands what does it mean which also force them to think. Therefore, this poem could be a protest from the African Amricans to all the white Amricans who are being racist.

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