Re-Read Langston Hughes’s poem “Harlem” below. As we discussed, Lorraine Hansberry used part of the third line of Hughes’s poem for the title of her play. Write a reflection paper describing why you think Hansberry found the line appropriate for the title and in your analysis explain what the “dream deferred” refers to and how it can also relate to the family in Hansberry’s play. You should connect specific lines of the poem to specific characters from the play to more fully draw connections in your analysis.
Parameters: 500-600 words (typed )
You MUST include direct quotes from the play and poem as support for your analysis. You will be expected to format your quotes correctly in the body of your essay, but you do not need to include a Works Cited page for this paper. Give the line number for quotes from the poem and give the Act and Scene numbers for quotes from the play. You can NOT use any other outside sources in this paper. DO NOT consult or cite websites like Wikipedia, Sparknotes, Shmoop, or any study guide type websites. If you do that, your paper will automatically get a ZERO.
“Harlem” by Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore –
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over –
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?