Langston Hughes Pieces

The short story "Thank You, Maíam" and the poem "Mother to Son", both
by Langston Hughes are similar yet differ in many ways. In the following
paragraphs I will explain the similarities and the differences. Besides being
written by the same author the two literary works are a like in the sense that
they are both advice to young people. An example from "Mother to Son" is

"So boy donít you turn back, donít set you down those stairs Ďcause you
find its kinder harder, donít you fall now". An example from "Thank you

Maíam is when Mrs. Jones says " I were young once and I wanted things I
couldnít get, I have done things, too, which I would not tell you
sonóneither God, if he didnít already know". Both works are sharing there
experiencing with younger people to try to help them to learn from the mistakes
they have made in their life. They give the young people their advice showing
kindness. Also both stories are written with the same kind of language. An
example of this is words like "Mí am", "Noí m", and "Yesí m"
from Thank You, Mí am and words like "Ií se" "a-climbiní ", and"aint" from Mother to Son. The ways these works are different is the format
of the pieces. "Mother To Son" is a poem and "Thank You Mí am" is a
short story. The literary elements in "Thank You Mí am" are
characterization, direct characterization and indirect characterization. In

"Mother To Son" uses diction, connotations, denotations, entrails and his
freedom of language, which is called his poetic license. "Mother to Son"
also has a deeper meaning, the writer chose to write this poem like a metaphor,
referring his life to a staircase. "Thank You Mí am" is clear about its
meaning and uses dialog to explain the theme and meaning of the work. In
conclusion I found it clear to see that the literary works were alike in the
sense that they were both giving out a positive message but different in the way
the message is told. All and all I found both of these stories alike in the
sense that they were very enjoyable to read and learn from!