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R Generation Langston Hughes in the poem Mother to Son is comparing two generations The mother in the poem represents an older time period or genre and the young son represents a more modern era The author has created a clear metaphor by comparing the two generations without using like or as By reading the date at which Langston lived you can guess when he may have written this poem As a reader you can place yourself in the time ozone due to the words that Langston uses The words of the mother allow the reader to picture the hardships of her generation The mothers main purpose is to tell her son to achieve all the goals he sets for himself It appears she wants her sons generation to have all the things she lacked in hers Langston allows his comparison to work by using words that are broken slang In a modern society people do not use word like Ise reachin Right from the beginning of the poem the reader can see the older generation compared to theirs The main thing the other wants her son to have is an education It is clear from her words that she did not receive and good education and see wants her son to experience the rewards of learning that she did not The title of the poem is Mother to Son The word to plays a key role in Langstons comparison because it allows the reader from the beginning to see the comparison This shows the main idea and theme the poem is central around I think that this comparison was effective because it forced the reader to think outside of the box It cause them to think because the comparison is not clearly laid out in front of the reader by using smiles The metaphor or image that the mother uses is that she compares her life to a set of stairs
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