This strategy allows students to come up with their own symbols to label specific features of a text. The dilapidated staircase is also representative of the poor living conditions of the Black Americans under the tyranny of the Whites. Him shows Man his office with his written works, and Man admits to being a fan of Him's work. 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. These poems go hand in hand with each other because they allow students to see a similar situation from differing perspectives. The poem ends with a reminder to her son that life for her and for anyone will not be a perfect and steady process.
I learned it and recited it when I was only in second grade. It quickly becomes apparent that the fans are part of a pagan cult. The syntax of the poem develops an ambiance of perseverance. She tells him that one must possess the courage to move forward in life in spite of all the difficulties that might come his way. However, she still climbs on, reaching landings, turning corners, and persevering in the dark when there is no light.
But the fact that it is his mother speaking tells him, and us, that the struggle ahead of him is not just a theory but is his fate. However, when Man and Woman accidentally shatter the crystal object, which Him had forbidden them to touch, Mother kicks them out and Him boards up his study. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. Write a poem containing the advice you will give your children about living in the modern world. The most obvious one is that of struggle. Mother becomes increasingly agitated with the behavior of the guests. I fell into a downward spiral and was about to hit bottom.
My personal quest has become very personal. He used his voice to relay tough times in African American history. The Southern legislatures, however, passed laws that made it impossible for blacks to become socially or economically equal to whites. The crystal stairs in the poem represents a wealthy and easy life, as wealthy people have not probably had the same difficulties in life. Collectively, if many sons and daughters despair and drop out, the struggle for equality is that much less likely to succeed.
While it captures the inspiring perseverance of an aging mother, it also hints at the struggles inherent in an unequal society. From time to time, there is a far away train or a sail on the sea, emphasizing further their isolation from the rest of the world They return to the house. In twenty lines of dramatic monologue a Black persona addresses her son. Hughes was just beginning his career as a poet when he wrote this poem, so questions of what to write about and how best to forge his poetic voice and identity would be pressing issues for him. Langston Hughes was metaphorically correct when he compared crystal stairs, boards with tacks in it, splinters, and bare floors to life itself. It has never been a smooth ride.
The upward journey refers to the journey to heaven or to a better place where one is free of all the pain and suffering. Mother breaks through and sees a furnace oil tank. An African-American, Hughes uses a dialect one expects to hear from an elderly African-American woman for whom life has been a struggle. Made from isolate soy protein, they taste like bacon. To this day, I can still see and hear Mr. Her son combs her hair, feeds her, covers her with a coat, and takes her in his arms. Him runs in to stop them, holding his wife tearfully.
The staircase is also a metaphor for the struggles people face in their upward journey of life. Going beyond the narrow focus of the Harlem Renaissance artistic movement, this book examines life in general in Harlem at the time Hughes lived there. Someone knocks on the couple's front door. What might this old woman symbolize? Throughout the poem, the mother is trying to explain to her son to be assertive about his goals and should never appease to the challenges. Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. One day, Man turns up at the house, asking for a room. In associating this particular black American speaker with these particular images, Hughes is able to hint at the injustice in the relationship between poverty and race.
Please update your browseror try Google Chrome. These soft murmurs tell of the mother's love for her son when she was nurturing him and of the son's love for his mother as he opens for her the mysterious path to her death. The first part of the poem refers to the mother explaining to her son that even her life has not been easy and forgiving to her either. In this mother and child pattern the figure of the child, or youth, is not distinctively of either sex, though the male youth appears the older form. In each possible interpretation, the crystal stair connotes smoothness and ease, delicacy, wealth, and a clear, well-lit path toward a rich material or spiritual destination. The poet discovers, from listening to his mother-muse, a way to bring the African-American experience into poetry.
Although Magona's pacing seems irritatingly slow at times, the mood becomes taut as Mxolisi and Amy approach their moment of destiny in this chilling and ingenious docudrama, a noteworthy American debut for a writer whose work has received well-deserved praise in her own country. The narrator is an African American mother whom gives encouraging words to her son about tough times. Mother later sees Man puking in the toilet with Him standing over Man. I believed he used metaphors correctly because as opposed to the crystal stair, he provided a vivid description of the other side of the grass. With this in mind, I can pair it with other works, no matter what conflict we are addressing. Had life been easy for the mother the perfect description of her life would be compared to a crystal stair, something that its smooth, easy to walk on, and easy to climb. Among other provisions, the Act required that schools should be desegregated, so that African Americans would not be left to receive inferior educations in second-rate schools.
This poem can be widely used in middle school classrooms because of its ability to lead into various lessons on poetry. Aidan Wasley Aidan Wasley is a writer and instructor at Yale Unversity. Her life has been difficult and hard at times. Perhaps she was born into poverty, because the images in her poem reveal a ragged, old staircase, like you might find in a decrepit, old building. The mother compares the journey through life to ascending a staircase. The language also imparts a charged colloquial element to the poem. I loved this poem when I found it, and I would love to use it in a lesson on conflict.