Edna is a special woman. Her characteristic doomed her extraordinary. She has very new and created thinking which is not fit with that period. However, her special lead her marriage to the end. She is very unhappy in this marriage. Her unhappy is from the difference thinking between her husband and herself. Contrast with her husband, Edna has an avant-garde thinking. When Edna has no interest to his talking, and not believe the son has fever. “He reproached his wife with her inattention, her habitual neglect of the children. If it was not a mother place to look after children, whose on earth was it”(pg 6). His husband thinks the wife need to obey the family and take care about the home. He is not satisfied on Edna’s action. He is a husband with machismo. He cares his financial more than his wife. Which shows through when he knows Edna wants to move out house, financial integrity. And He is a rational men. He solve the problem in the fastest time. He write a letter to an architect to remodeling his home. The action is for prevent people’s guessing and gossip, and avoid his lose. Edna is a very different women. She can not obey his husband, and can not understand his thinking. After his husband complain about her deficient, “An indescribable oppression, which seemed to generate in some unfamiliar part of her consciousness, filled her whole being with a vague anguish”(pg 7). She is a sensual woman, she has very strong emotion on everything. Combine her sensibility with Mr. Pontellier previous action, he cares financial more than Edna. It reflects Edna has not receive the enough love. It causes she disappoint at this marriage. She is very sad about his complain. The sadness imply Edna disagree with Mr. Pontellier concept of marriage. She wants to in-depend. She wants to be free. So, she move out the house and not use Mr.Pontellier’s money. She does not want the marriage become the chain to block her free. She is not sacrifice herself to family and children. She loves herself. So her attitude for marriage and for herself is very different with other people. It is like the new are woman. Unfortunately, she lives in the old time. Her difference brings her sad ending.
As I Grew Older is a very sad poem, and it is very touching. The main theme of the poem is about the narrow of the dream deferred. A lot of technique is used to emphasize and highlight the theme. First is the repetition of the word “dream”. It mentioned by seven times, the repetition makes a deep impression in the reader’s mind. It effectively emphasized the poet desire of dream. And the repetition of “ Rose slowly, slowly”, which express the helpless of the poet. They have a big dream, but they can’t make it come true. Double “Slowly” also implied poet are suffering from this kind of pain. The pain of let dream deferred. Here, the rose slowly is talking about the wall. The wall is a metaphor of the troubles in front of the poet. The first is racism, as black people, their rights are limited, and they get so many unfair treatments. And he said the wall is “ Dimming and Hiding” It implied these troubles get more and more, it blocked the way to his dream. There is an irony “ I am black” and “ My dark hand”. it is a very negative view for himself. It is irony the racial discrimination of the society. This poem starts with a negative and sorrow atmosphere, but end with a positive and motivated ending. The emotion of the ending is very strong, it is very touching to me. “ To smash this night, To break this shadow.” It is the climax of this poem. And I think it must encourage a lot of people to follow their dream, and it encourages people to defend their dream. For the poet, he wants to break all of these racisms and troubles in front of him. This poem showed the dark side of the life, but it still brings people power in the end
Let America Be America Again is one of Langston Hughes famous poem. The content of the poem is about dream deferred, inequality and attaining freedom. This poem started with sad and pessimistic, but the ending of the poem is optimistic. The poem talked about the American dream at the beginning, and list the reason of why the American dream is gone. The dream is destroyed by the conspiracy of high identity people. And the equality is destroyed by the discrimination of racism and sexism. People who live in the low level of American, are suffering from these staff. They are the farmer, factory worker, and black people. People have no freedom in their life. The poem with a lot of irony in it. For example, there is a sentence, “ From Those who live like leeches on the people’s lives, We must take back our land again.” Here, the leeches seems a metaphor for the high identity of white people. They enjoy everything with no effort in life and they live a life depend on these low identity people’s work. In the starting structure, there is one optimistic paragraph with one pessimistic sentences. Here the pessimistic sentences are the real feeling of the Langston Hughes. It is a contrast between dream and reality. It also emphasizes his hope to idea American, a country with freedom, equality and everyone can chase their dream. “ Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark? And who are you that draws your veil across the star?” The idea of the freedom is blocked in his mind like the star with the veil across. Their dream also likes the star with the veil across, it can not be shown to everyone, because the inequality and no freedom is like the veil to block and stop their dream. The poem with the passionate and angry tone with little hope in the end, to wish the America can be American again.