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Selected Poems of Langston Hughes Summary
Langston Hughes

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Selected Poems of Langston Hughes Summary

Characters

Big Boyappears in Catch and 50-50

Big Boy is a character who appears twice in this collection of Langston Hughes' poetry. The author does not offer much information about the character's personality in "Catch," other than his going fishing for a mermaid wife. However, in the poem "50-50" Hughes establishes Big Boy (in this instance, anyway) as a man who takes advantage of women in order to meet his own physical and financial needs. Big Boy is the only named male character featured in this volume. In other selections, Hughes does include portraits of men who are just like Big Boy in their unselfconscious abuse of black women. Specifically, in the section "Lament Over Love," men are seen as no-account, opportunistic and generally untrustworthy.

Alberta K. Johnson (Madam)appears in Madam to You

Alberta K. Johnson is a black woman with strong opinions and a forthright attitude. "Madam...

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