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  • "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes TWIST Analysis.
  • T- The theme of "Mother to Son"is that you should never give up and always try to do your best. Even when there are hardships and challenges, the theme of the poem teaches us that you need to stay determined. This is the theme portrayed in the poem as the mother speaks to her son.
  • "Well, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair."
  • W- The author uses vocabulary such as the words "ain't" and "i'se" in the poem. This shows the character's culture and heritage. It also shows where they came from and what their background is like which gives you more knowledge and more insight when reading the poem.
  • "But all the time I'se been a-climbin' on, And reaching' landings, And turning' corners, And sometimes goin' in the dark..."
  • I- Imagery is used multiple times in this poem. One example of imagery "Mother to Son" would be the crystal staircase. This is referred to many times in the poem. it represents her life and the obstacles she has faces along the way.
  • "Don't you fall now- For I'se still goin', honey, I'se still climbin', And life for me ain't been no crystal stair."
  • S- Structure is a major part in the poem "Mother to Son". The author uses symbolism multiple times throughout the poem. For example, he uses the term, "And sometimes going' in the dark Where there ain't been no light." This represents that the dark is the unknown and scary parts of life that you must go through in order to meet a goal.
  • "So boy, don't you turn back."
  • T- The tone of "Mother to Son" is a determined and hopeful tone. This is shown through the author by the words he uses and the kind of figurative language he provides. The readers pick up on the tone as soon as they begin to read the poem. For example the mother in the poem tells her son to not give up so easily, for she hasn't through all that she has been through.
  • "Don't you set down on the steps 'Cause you finds it's kinder hard."
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