Dream Deferred (Hughes)
Imagine if dreams really could come true. This is the question that Langston Hughes ponders in his poem "Dream Deferred."
|American Literature||All American Literature|
|Author||Hughes - Langston Hughes|
Dreams, Hopes, and Plans
. . .obviously thought it was an important question.
. So, let’s think about it. . .
. . .what does happen to a postponed dream?
Does it get stashed away in the “things I meant to do but never got around to” box.
. . .forgotten like… yesterday’s homework? When you grow up and have to concentrate on
other stuff. . .
. . .there’s a distinct possibility. . .
. . .that a dream or two will bite the dust. But maybe dreams are never forgotten. . .
. . . instead, maybe they “dry up like a raisin in the sun” . . .
. . .leaving us frustrated thinking about what might have been.
Langston Hughes used that analogy in his poem. . .
. . .and Lorraine Hansberry liked it enough to “borrow” it for the title of her play.
. . .about the broken dreams of a black family in the ‘50s.
So is that dried up piece of fruit supposed to be a stand-in for unrealized dreams. . .
. . . that leave you empty and hopeless?
Or maybe the poem’s last line. . .
. . .holds a clue about what really happens to unfulfilled dreams.
Maybe Hughes is suggesting that they could actually be dangerous . . .
. . .leading to social unrest and revolution. So, what’s your verdict?
Are deferred dreams forgotten when the real world gets a hold of us. . .
. . .do they shrivel up and make us bitter. . .
. . .or will they eventually blow up in our faces?
Shmoop amongst yourselves.