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Vintage Hughes - Study Guide Graduation Summary & Analysis

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Graduation Summary

In this poem, a young black woman graduates from the school where she has trained as a typist. Her mother, who works in a restaurant kitchen, brings home leftover chicken from the kitchen and the family is dining on these remainders. The mother and daughter believe that the new diploma promises a better future for the daughter, and the mother gives thanks to Jesus repeatedly before sighing at the end of the poem out of exhaustion.

Graduation Analysis

The typing diploma, in its formal significance, contrasts with the straightforward importance of the chicken that the mother brings home from the kitchen. Education is regarded as a promise of social advancement, but until the word "diploma" translates into an actual improvement in the family's condition, the mother's chicken leftovers continue to be their humble sustenance.

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