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Commentaries on the poem Let America be America Again by Langston Hughes and "Happy Endings" by Margaret Atwood

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Chase McCullough Dr. Chamberlain ENG 300 8/30/12 Exploration Paper "Happy Endings", Margaret Atwood was my first choice. The reason It was my first choice is because of the way she writes; How blunt and short she is about everything, but yet she put so much information in just a few paragraphs. Margaret captures the attention of all the readers in this story by her odd way of writing. I?m not sure if you can even call this a story, by most readers standards, this piece of writing sounds more like a free write just putting statements down on paper. B just seems to show how John cares nothing about her. He comes over twice a week and Mary will cook them a home cooked meal, after dinner they have sex then she does the dishes. Then she tries to impress him by cleaning up and getting all pretty but he still won?t notice her hard work. Now in C situation it?s pretty much the other way around John wants Mary. ...read more.


Atwood likes to write about the beginnings but throws off the readers with ?Happy Endings?. It?s more fun and easier to write about the beginning and middle then the ending, with this type of story about life. This story really makes every reader think what was the author talking or thinking about while she wrote this. Was Atwood really trying to make A, B, and C to prove a point to figure out D? It?s all about the why?s and how?s in this story that you have to figure out. Exploration Paper The poem ?Let America be America Again? by Langston Hughes. Hughes poem explains how he thinks America doesn?t live up to the standards. The tone of the poem is angry and resentful. Many people come with high hopes and they are let down when they get here. He feels that America isn?t being all its supposed to be or as he states it ?the dream it used to be?. ...read more.


He really stresses that the people that aren?t part of the American dream he uses the words ?I am?, stating that he was one of those people that didn?t get to live the American dream. No matter what kind of job you have whether you?re a farmer or a worker Hughes states that ?I am? that person. Pretty much saying that people are working hard but the dreams just aren?t there for them. This poem is about individuals that came to America with high hopes and big dreams. Hughes uses ?The free? which I feel means no matter what, we should be free in every way. Free to get jobs, free socially, and free to live the American life equally. In America, your freedom is everything, but Hughes makes it a joke by sarcastically saying it. So many people in America come here for the dream. They are waiting for their dream to come true, but they almost given up on it. He says it like their dream is ?almost dead?, but that does show that there is still hope for the dream to come true. ...read more.

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