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Interpreting Langston Hughes Langston Hughes haunting descriptions of the African peoples struggle for freedom paints a lasting image in ones mind of the price paid for a single strand of freedom and what is meant to this oppressed ethnicity From the dark whispers of Silhouette to the stern rising words of Democracy Hughes releases his soul in a cry to awaken the African spirit and inspire thought in the reader Through his selective choice of words Hughes leaves many interpretations open to the reader and allows his message to flow Hughes words flow compassionately in almost pleading tone when he speaks in Silhouette Southern gentle lady do not swoon Theyve just hung a black man in the dark of the moon1738 One may see swoon and have different opinions of what this word means Hughes may be saying to the women do not tempt my African brother because both know the outcome Being near white women was forbidden during this era and Hughes notes How Dixie protects its white womanhood1738 Any physical relation between an African American man and white woman would end in certain death as there were no questions asked when involving an African American and a white woman Some may see Hughes not chastising the white women but respectfully asking Southern gentle lady be good be good1738 When one looks at the words be good be good there may be a sense of pleading in his manner or respectfully The final words of Silhouette spoken so gently change to fire and passion in Hughes Democracy As one will see a display of spirited demand for the dream He and his African people so desire spark to life in Democracy1739 The spirit of WE DuBois is alive in Hughes as he no longer wishes to be placated by society into waiting for freedom through obedience and trepidation Hughes says Democracy will never come today this year nor ever through compromise and fear1739
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