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Theme for English B In the poem Theme for English B Langston Hughes talks about the African American struggle for equality Langston Hughes points out that we are often reluctant to admit that our similarities are often more common than our differences Even though he is colored he is still just like his white instructor in many ways The colored man may appear to be different from the white man on the outside but we are all the same on the inside His skin color is different and he comes from a different background yet we have many things in common with each other The poem starts off with an instructor giving his students a paper to write the instructor says to the student let that page come out of you- Then it will be true The poem is continued as the paper that Hughes is writing In the paper he explains everything in his heart just as his instructor had told him to His paper shows exactly how an African-American man feels acts and what he does in everyday life The point that Hughes tries to get across to his teacher is clearHe the black man likes and does the same things as the white man Hughes likes to eat sleep drink and be in love and work read learn and understand life presumably just as the instructor or any other person either colored or white enjoys He also likes Bessie bop or Bach Typically the Bessie and bop style of music is listened to mostly by the coloured people However he also likes Bach which is typically listened to mostly by the white people So even though he is colored they are connected in that he likes things common to all races even the music common to the white people Hughes wonders if his paper will be graded differently because he is black In the poem he says I guess
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