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Vintage Hughes - Study Guide Bad Luck Card Summary & Analysis

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Bad Luck Card Summary

The poet is unloved by an unnamed "you," and has been shown a bad luck card by a gypsy who tells him that if she were him, she would kill herself.

Bad Luck Card Analysis

This poem expresses the desperation of a man who is fated to an unlucky fate. Though the poem is not an explicit comment on the situation of black Americans, it certainly speaks to the unfortunate determinacy of their position. Black Americans, after all, are consigned to the terrible fate of being unloved members of a society though they did nothing to bring that fate upon themselves. Their situation shares something with that of the man who is simply doomed to have a life of bad luck. Though the poem has a certain casual flippancy in its tone, the gypsy's claim that she would prefer to kill herself than...

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Vintage Hughes from Nonfiction Classics for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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