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What happens to a dream deferred Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun Or fester like a sore- And then run Does it stink like rotten meat Or crust and sugar over- like a syrupy sweet Maybe it just sags like a heavy load Or does it explode While Langhston Hughes authors this poem A Dream Deferred it can easily be interpreted as Toni Morrisons description of Nel and her life of sorrow and dissatisfaction Sula and Nel the protagonists in Toni Morrisons Sula are each the only daughters of mothers whose distance leaves the young girls with dreams to erase this solitude and loneliness There is no question that Sula alleviates this aloneness with a lascivious and experimental life Im going down like one of those redwoods I sure did live in this world143 Nel however for the most part fails terribly at realizing her dreams and experiencing a happy existence Compromising her individuality her emotional stability and her dreams mark Nels banal and unfulfilling life Early in Nels life during a trip to New Orleans she watches as her mother is humiliated by a trains white racist conductor she watches the indignity of her mothers having to squat in an open field to urinate while white train passengers gaze and she watches her mothers shame at her own Creole mothers libidinous lifestyle Her mothers submissiveness and humiliation evokes a fear an anger and an energy in Nel Her emotions intensify as she makes a declaration to never be her mother to never compromise her individuality Im me Im not their daughter Im not Nel Im me Me28 Figuring that her me-ness will take her far she exclaims I wantI want to be wonderful29 However that trip to Louisiana was the last as
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