Hughes suggests that dreams are important but if left unfulfilled can become destructive. He and Lawrence come together and they both agree that dreams don’t have to be big, they can be small and simple.
In (Dreams Deferred) Hughes implies that dreams are meant to be inspirational and encouraging, but if left unfilled it can be destructive. He says “like a raisin in the sun” which implies all the vitality will be gone and “sag like a heavy load” a burden you will have to carry that will eventually “just explode” destroy you at the end.
And in the poem (Dreams) f he says that “life is like a broken winged bird that cannot fly” which means you’re not able to become what you were meant to be and “life is a barren field with snow” your life will eventually become unproductive.
They come together and long for the same kind of dream: a simple, small, personal life. In Lawrence’s “Aspiration” picture there are two a black couple is reading in their small, simple home with little furniture. The husband is smiling at his wife and they both seem happy and content with their life even though they don’t have much stuff. There’s a family walking outside and a lady carrying her groceries. This indicates that these two people are happy to be in a safe neighborhood with their simple lives.
And Hughes is also expressing the same thing in his poem (Dreams Variation) when he says he wants “to fling [his] arms wide in some place of the sun, to whirl and dance till the white day is done.” By this he means he wants to act and do the things he wants in a white dominated society regardless of the day and then “rest in the cool evening” come at night.
So basically, both Lawrence and Hugh are saying some people aspire for the simple things in life. Hughes longs for the freedom to act out in public without any consequences and Lawrence wants to live in a safe, simple, and peaceful neighborhood with his wife.
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Langston Hughes’s poems Dream Deferred, Dreams, and Dream Variations and Jacob Lawrence’s painting Aspirations share one common point. Both Hughes and Lawrence share a dream of living a simple life; to know a world that’s pleasant, free and safe. And these are not the dreams they have while they’re asleep but they are their goals and aspirations, needs and desires they have for the future.
Lawrence’s Aspirations reflects his dream of a simple life. A life he shares with his pregnant spouse. Where they’ll read by a red flower in a plain room surrounded by the bare essentials, and out their window the neighborhood appears to be calm and peaceful. Lawrence wants nothing more than to have the wife, the family and a pleasant mundane existence. He dreams of lazy mornings of reading in this neighborhood where families can walk safely down the street. The company of his wife and the promise of happy future make’s Lawrence smile.
Hughes’s Dream Variations speaks of a simplistic life like his ancestors had in Africa. He dreams of a life he did not inherit, a heritage that was not passed on; a carefree life of dancing, resting beneath the tall trees. And in this “place of the sun” he can be free, that’s his dream. Free from the “the white day” which could mean a hot afternoon but also could mean the white man’s dominance over his world, so he dreams of a day he can be free to just be himself, not just a black man in the white man’s world but simply a black man of the world. “Dark like me- That is my dream!”
But Hughes also speaks of the importance and the dangers of holding on to your dreams. In the poem Dreams Hughes explains what happens when you do not hold on to your dreams. How dreams can carry and fulfill you but also they can break and destroy you. A life without dreams cannot grow or go forward “hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly”. And his poem Dream Deferred describes how ones most sincere dreams and desires can lead to the destruction of ones self; how unreached dreams can become ones burden or shame “Maybe it (dreams) just sags like a heavy load”.
Lawrence and Hughes both describe dreams as a way to hope for better days and brighter tomorrow, when equality and security are shared by all. But also they warn of the dangers of never reaching their dreams, aspirations and desires, of a life that can be unfilled, empty and broken.