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The poem Dream Deferred which was written by Langston Hughes in 1951 described the trials that minorities in that time period underwent Hughes uses heavy symbolism and imagery in this poem The dream he discussed in the poem was futile at the time of his writing of the poem In the poem Dream Deferred the author uses a significant amount of symbolism to express the broken dream of racial equality The question Hughes poses in line one What happens to a dream deferred sets the environment for the plot and symbolism of the rest of the poem As Hughes answers the question he asks if a dream deferred dries up like a raisin in the sun This symbol means that a dream that is disintegrating and dying like a raisin left out in the sun If a raisin is left out in the sun too long it will inevitably die The same principle can apply to a dream left in the mind too long The environment will kill the dream if it is left idle for a lengthy period of time It will wither up and die just like the raisin in the sun Hughes continues to make his point through the symbols of inanimate objects as the poem progresses In addition all of the symbolic statements except the final one are similes In lines four and five the statement Or fester like a sore--And then run is extremely symbolic The visual picture of a sore festering and then finally breaking open and running is again equal to the broken dream of racial equality The dream of racial equality grows in the body like a sore When the dream fails it breaks open and could fall prey to outside poisons These poisons can lead to destruction Racial riots and other such instances are examples of this destruction Hughes even furthers his use of symbolism
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