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One Friday Morning

This study guide will help you analyze the text “One Friday Morning” by Langston Hughes. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, theme and message. 

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Title: “One Friday Morning”
Author: Langston Hughes
Date of Publication: 1941
Genre: Short Story

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was an African-American writer of short stories, novels and poems, being well-known for his jazz poetry. He was also an African-American Rights activist, which is reflected in many of his stories dealing with racism and discrimination faced by African-Americans in the US.

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Discrimination and prejudice

Discrimination and prejudice usually form against things and people that are different from us and we do not know. They stem from either fear of the unknown or from assuming superiority over what is different.

In the short story, the author explores the discrimination and prejudices African-Americans were subject to even in the friendlier North America, usually considered more tolerant and inclusive. The story shows that, even there, society imposed limits on the opportunities of African American people. Although Nancy was talented at painting and rightfully deserved a scholarship at the Arts College, the committee changed their decision upon finding out that she was African-American. 

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