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The Journey Through Life Langston Hughes poem The Negro Speaks of Rivers presents an African-American man describing his personal experiences and the history of his race In many of his works Langston Hughes uses nature in several dimensions to demonstrate the powerful struggles and burdens of human life The sweeping imagery poignant metaphors and precise powerful symbolism demonstrate the struggles the characters confront and sometimes their eventual freedom from those struggles The characters eventually learn to find freedom from the confines of society and freedom within ones soul The use of tone symbolism and metaphors for this purpose brings the characters and speakers in Hughes works to life and the reader feels the life and freedom of those characters Rivers are a prevalent symbol that represents the speakers connection to his ancestry Ive known rivers ancient as the world and older tan the flow of human blood in human viens The river is always changing which in turn symbolizes the changing views on African-Americans in society The river is also constantly moving and brought the speaker across time to where they are now and intimates that there maybe changes still Nature in the works of Hughes serves as a powerful symbol that represents the struggle of the human soul towards freedom the anguish of that struggle and the joy when that freedom is finally reached The repetition of lines helps set the tone of the poem which is that of authority It enables the reader to recognize the weight of authority of contemporary African-Americans The imagery of the river also helps in creating the tone because the reader knows rivers ancient dusky rivers Rivers are usually calm and we can almost feel a sense of serenity On the other hand rivers can also be rough and murky which can set a tone of being bitter and angry in which African-Americans feel because of all the unjust treatment they have
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