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What is the common theme of Langston Hughes's, "One Friday Morning" and "Let America be...

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florianlk | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 22, 2010 at 2:50 AM via web

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What is the common theme of Langston Hughes's, "One Friday Morning" and "Let America be America Again?"

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 22, 2010 at 3:36 AM (Answer #1)

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The common theme of these two works by Langston Hughes is racism.  Both works (one a short story and one a poem) deal with racism and the fact that (especially in Hughes's time) America had fallen short of its ideals.

In the short story, the protagonist has won an art contest.  But then she is told that she had not won it after all because she is black.

In the poem, the speaker is hoping that America will one day live up to its promise of being a nation for everyone.  He is saying that America has not yet been America, but one day it will be.

 

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