Analysis of on the Road by Langston Hughes

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Beautiful symbolism and imagery are found in the literature work On the Road by Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes offers a gift in this work which is to open the heart and life will provide unlimited abundance. During this literary analysis Langston Hughes uses nature to demonstrate his main character's unwillingness to participate in life. Another point that Hughes demonstrates is the use of anger and survival and how it can be used as a powerful force in breaking down racial barriers. One more impact Langston Hughes uses is Jesus Christ as a metaphor. Hughes uses this as how people experience life and how traditional church values contradict each other when it comes to the acceptance of human beings. Therefore after reading On the Road, …show more content…

Following a series of rejections for a place to stay, Sargeant finds himself at the front door of the church with a desperate hope that he may enter and keep warm overnight. However, he finds himself being rejected again, this time at the feet of a white church. " A big black unemployed Negro holding onto your church' thought the people. 'The idea!' The cops began to beat Sargeant over the head, and nobody protested. But he held on" Sargeant was determined. He was famished and exhausted and certainly felt that at least the church should offer him a comforting, relaxing place to stay. Hughes expressed these emotions and feelings to show determination and the power of will. Hughes could also be saying that Sargeant wasn't only trying to survive, but he was holding onto his faith. The way Langston Hughes wrote the works was a way to believe that the character has saw Christ and talked with him. By writing this way he has shown a new way of thinking and imagining. It was the way of thinking of what you believe even if you are not in your right state of mind. Hughes does two things. First, he uses Jesus Christ as a metaphor for how to experience life. For Christians, Jesus was a savior: He carried the burden of our sins and troubles to show us God's love for his children. In the work, Sargeant is paralleled to Christ in a way that he too must carry a heavy burden. Langston Hughes wanted to