The short story “One Friday Morning” by Langston Hughes follows the character of Nancy Lee, an African-American student, during a single episode of her life involving the possibility of her receiving a study scholarship.

The author does not respect entirely the classical plot structure of short stories, being more focused on the character’s thoughts, identity and perspective on the US, rather than on the action itself. Furthermore, the short story has an anti-climax, foreshadowed by several hints.


The title of the short story only announces when the main event takes place, the time setting. Though nothing about the plot is revealed, we can assume the story might be about an important event in someone’s life. Upon reading the short story, we realize the title indicates the morning in which the main character, Nancy, finds out that she is not...

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