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Holli A RamseyRamsey1Lit 345February 24 1997Langston Hughes is represented in Black Voices by the Tales of Simple Hughesfirst presents his character Jessie B Semple in the Forward Who is Simple In this talethe reader is given its first look at the character Jessie B Semple who is a black man thatrepresents almost the anybody or everybody of black society Semple is a man whoneeds to drink to num the pain of living life Usually over a glass of beer he tells me histales with a pain in his soul sometimes as the old blues says Simple might belaughing to keep from crying 98 99 Jessie B Semple also known as Simple has just the right combination of qualitiesto be Black Americas new spokesman and unsung hero Semple seems to possess justenough urban humor and cynicism down-home simplicity naivete and boy-next-doorinnocence that Semple easily becomes a character that hard-working average everydaypeople can relate to He quickly becomes this sort of Black Everyman whose bunions hurtall the time and whose thoughts are relatively quite simple yet he is a man who risesabove these facts and has a perception that shows the man to have great wisdom andincredible insight And although he maintains a seriousness for all his wisdom to comethrough his presentation of the facts is given in a humorous manner In Bop Thats whyso many white folks do not get their heads beat just for being white But me --- a cop isliable to grab me almost anytime and beat my head- just for being colored 105 Thisside to Semple is an example of Hughes attempt to give simple facts or actual truth butinstead of telling these things harshly and angrily he tries to sweeten them with a littlesarcastic humor At times Simple is full of pain I have had so many hardships in this life saidSimple that it is a wonder Ill live until I die 105 This comment by Semple is one
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