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The theme of oppression is examined when comparing the literary devices in the poem As I Grew Older by Langston Hughes and the story The Loophole Of Retreat by Harriet A Jacobs It is through the use of personification and symbolism that the theme is reflected The oppression is in just use of authority or power In the poem As I Grew Older by Langston Hughes describes about a black girl that had a dream but this dream was slowly disappearing from her She didnt have enough freedom and she always wants it to through The author in the poem is hiding from oppression by hiding in the attic Also Hughes uses some literary devices such as symbolism and personification By saying the words the wall rose Langston Hughes showing personification because the wall cant grow Then in the second paragraph the wall is represent symbolism It is symbolizes her dream with a wall because this wall is blocking her happiness and future In the story Loophole Of Retreat by Harriet A Jacobs shows the oppression as darkness He lived in the small garret that he called it as den It was very dark didnt have enough air in it and was not for a cold weather A Jacobs uses some conflict in the story by saying the words I suffered for air even more than for light It shows us that he wanted to have more freedom and not to depend on anybody In the poem As I Grew Older by Langston Hughes and the story Loophole Of Retreat by Harriet A Jacobs use the same theme and the both have oppression The authors both deal with oppression by breaking through it Also the both poem and the story have the same ideas and feelings about their problems
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