Theme for English B Questions and Answers
by Langston Hughes

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How do I compare and contrast "Theme for English B", and "Harlem"? We also have to compare and contrast theme and setting on the two poems chosen.

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You could take a variety of approaches in analyzing both of Hughes' poems.  One approach would be to discuss how both poems discuss the divergent experience of people of color, specifically African- Americans.  The exploration of "Theme for English B" is the appropriation of one's own narrative that has convergent elements from the cultural majority and one's own specific experience.  This same exploration happens in "Harlem ," when Hughes analyzes the results of narratives whose dreams have put aside.  At the same time, this might be where a point of divergence might lie.  "Theme for English B" presents a vision where one's dreams are accomplished in being true to one's own sense of identity as well as being a part of another world.  This vision is not necessarily shared in...

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