For instance, students could attempt to analyze the poem's features by stepping into the shoes of either the mother or the son. Analysis: These two poems are not as widely anthologized, but are thematically similar in the way Hughes expresses the disparity between the American Dream and the reality of life for African Americans during the early 20th Century. Sometimes there are good days, sometimes there are bad days. The imagery from the advice given in the stanza is explicit and poignant: Well, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. Courage hesitates, thinking that she will not be able to reclaim the wagon. Him spends most of the time chatting with Man, telling Mother it's nice to have someone to talk to who enjoys his work, despite Mother saying she loves his work too. Dreams are important for maintaining faith as they provide comfort, solace, and hope in a brutal world.
She inspires her son by saying that she has always strived for a better life and even he must continue to do so. The mother teaches the that he should never collapse under the pressures that life puts him through. Oldest Son appears from behind her, having been hiding. A wake is held for him in the house, with other strangers arriving to pay their respects. The language also imparts a charged colloquial element to the poem. The upward journey refers to the journey to heaven or to a better place where one is free of all the pain and suffering.
Elated, Him is inspired to start writing again. The film opens with a woman standing in the midst of crackling flames. Him brings her into his office where she gives birth to a baby boy. May I simply say what a relief to find an individual who actually understands what they are discussing on the net. He completes his work and sends it out, getting the attention of The Herald Kristen Wiig. Hughes, who wrote this poem when he was 21, was--obviously-- neither an old woman, nor, as a college-educated intellectual, did he speak or write in the dialect in which the mother's thoughts are expressed.
During his stay, Man suffers coughing fits and Mother observes an open wound in his side. The mother also tells her son to not be misled or lose hope. He lived in Mexico for a period of time during his youth and spent a year at Columbia University. She uses imagery to advise her son to do likewise. He faces execution for another of his raids and has come to see his mother for the last time.
Defeated, the soldier leaves, and Courage follows. He finds a way to move forward, to keep climbing. He became an important force in the Harlem Renaissance of 1920 to 1940. Him pleads with Mother to not do anything, but she defies him and drops the lighter. Despite all the challenges that came her way, she never turned away and chose not to give up. She says to keep climbing the stairs and that she is still climbing them herself.
Would he strive to represent his race in poetry, and be a self-consciously black poet, or would he reject a racial poetic identity, as poets like Countee Cullen would try to do? Her work includes articles on gardening, education and literature. She asks Him who he is. The poem is a shorter poem written with ethnic dialect, and paints a picture of life as a beat up staircase, representing the hardship that life can bring. Still, she allows Man to stay. Little by little, much to the perplexed wife's surprise, the more chaos he lets in their haven, the better for his punctured male ego. She grabs a piece of glass and starts stabbing and slashing the fans, until their leader grabs her and whacks her over the head with a candlestick. Mother starts to go into labor.
Dreams, however, have no physical limitations. In 1626, Courage appears beside the tent of the Swedish Commander, arguing with the Cook over the sale of a capon. She tells Him he can have it. The Mother tries to help her son maintain his faith as well, which will help him persevere through life's struggles. After a while, Man and Woman still have not left until Him and Mother both agree that they must leave. We will try to get in touch with you as soon as possible. Convinced there is nothing they can do, the peasants begin to pray.
. I would then allow students to go up to the posterboard and write down what they think the poem is talking about, or what they understand about the poem. Reading standing in front of the class reciting this poem with so much emotion and feeling that it grabbed me, and 50+ years later I can still recite every word with the same feeling and enthusiasm as that day I first heard it. Courage sings Kattrin a lullaby. By using the metaphor of the staircase, Hughes alludes to Jacob's Ladder. Every mother wants to see her child succeed in life. The Herald walks around casually shooting them in the head before calmly talking to Mother.
It has never been a smooth ride. She compares the unfathomable journey that we call life to a crystal stair. The senseless killing of Amy Biehl, a young Fulbright scholar who had gone to South Africa to help residents prepare for the first democratic elections in the history of that country, is the basis for this novel. She invites the Cook to join her, hoping that she will see Eilif soon. He was born in Joplin, Mississippi. The crowd then breaks the baby's neck. He alludes to lost and forgotten aspirations, insinuating that African Americans are not allowed access to the American Dream because of their race.