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What is the central metaphor of the poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes?  

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In the poem "Harlem," Langston Hughes creates a central metaphor surrounding a dream by comparing a dream to multiple images of death and destruction in order to ask what happens to a "dream deferred," meaning a dream that has been delayed in being fulfilled.

He first compares a delayed dream to a "raisin in the sun," implying the dream is dried up and shriveled. Next, he asks if a delayed dream becomes infected "like a sore." Untreated cuts become infected and painful, leading to other major health problems, sometimes even death; therefore, in comparing a delayed dream to an infected wound, Hughes likens a delayed dream to something that causes severe pain and is destructive, even deadly. A third comparison is of a...

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