Langston Hughes | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by James Presley

This literature criticism consists of approximately 12 pages of analysis & critique of Langston Hughes.
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Critical Essay by James Presley

SOURCE: "The American Dream of Langston Hughes," in Southwest Review, Vol. 48, No. 4, Autumn, 1963, pp. 380-86.

In the following essay, Presley looks at the theme of the American dream in Hughes's poetry, drama, prose, and nonfiction.

One summer in Chicago when he was a teen-ager Langston Hughes felt the American Dream explode in his face; a gang of white youths beat him up so badly that he went home with blacked eyes and a swollen jaw.

He had been punished for cutting through a white neighborhood in the South Side on his way home from work. That night as he tended his injuries young Hughes must have mused disturbed thoughts about fulfilment of his American dream of freedom, justice, and opportunity for all.

A few years after that traumatic Chicago afternoon Hughes inaugurated a prolific and versatile writing career. Over...

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