Huck tries to explain to Susan where Mary Jane has gone and why. In the process, he concocts one of the longest and most elabora
te lies in the book—a hilarious tale about a neighbor with the mumps. In at least 150 words, explain how this elaborate lie is different from most other lies Huck has told. Focus on Huck's motivation in telling this lie, compared with most of his former lies.
Huck tells Mary Jane to go away, because he is afraid that she will express in her face knowledge of the duke and king's fraud, which will in turn allow the two to escape. After Mary Jane lights out, Huck runs into her sisters.
Answer: The poem speaks of the American dream that never existed for the lower-class American and the freedom and equality that every immigrant hoped for but never received. In his poem, Hughes represents not only African Americans, but other economically disadvantaged and minority groups as well.