29 November 2006

Gamma Rays Post #3 - "Dreams" and Gamma Rays

This is the third homework blog posting... The calendar says it is due Friday, but we'll extend this one until Monday.

So far in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, we have been introduced to the Hunsdorfer family - Tillie, Beatrice, and Ruth. Tillie is working on a science project, which has gained her some attention at school. Read the following poem by Langston Hughes. Who in the play do you think this poem speaks to the most - Tillie, Beatrice, or Ruth? Who has dreams? What line or lines stand out that seem to speak directly to her situation? Explain your connections.

Dreams
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

- by Langston Hughes

50 comments:

Zack F. said...

I believe that the poem called Dreams, by Langston Hughes speaks mostly of Beatrice. Beatrice used to want to be a dancer, until she hurt her leg. Now she wants to open a tea shop, and can't because people are holding her back (Tillie, Ruth, and Nanny). The lines in the poem, "For when dreams go Life is a barren field," in my opinion, is representing Beatrice the most because that happened to her. Once she married her husband and had children, they were the ones who held her back. Now that her dreams are gone, she has nothing and does nothing around the house.

Zack F.
Period 6

ted said...

I think that in the poem, Dreams by Langston Hughes represents mostly Beatrice and not really anybody else in this story as much as her. Beatrice’s dream was to become a great dancer. The only problem was that she hurt one of her legs which stopped her from not becoming a dancer since she now did not have the strength and health that she did have before she hurt her leg. After she was all done with school she got married and had two children who were Ruth and Tillie. After a while, she got a divorce with her husband, and then the husband ended up dying anyway. There is Nanny who Beatrice is quite responsible to take care of as well. These characters in this story are all in her way of her dreams and are interfering with what she actually wanted to do a while ago. Hurting her leg also interfered with her dream and is just about where her dream was getting ruined and interfered with. She also had a dream to open up a tea shop and fix up their home, but she really can’t with everyone around her. The lines that I think really show her situation are these lines, “For if dreams die. Life is a broken-winged bird. That cannot fly.” Her dreams have really died and now Beatrice is that broken-winged bird that can’t fly and live her dreams.

Will B. said...

I feel that the poem "Dreams" can be about anybody from the story. It can be about Tillie, because she has dreams of being a scientist. Also, she most likely had a dream of making it into her school's science fair and she did, so there is a dream that came true. Ruth also could possibly have dreams, because she seems almost like she is concerend with being very popular at school. Beatrice also makes it evident that she once had, and still has dreams. She had a dream of being a dancer but her legs got messed up. Also, she had a dream of opening up her own tea shop, but due to the fact that Nanny is with her, she can't. This could explain why she is the way she is now, from the fact that none of her dreams came true.

Jordan said...

I think that the poem, Dreams by Langston Hughes, mostly speaks the most to Beatrice. She had dreams of being a dancer, yet those dreams were shattered when she hurt her legs. After she got over the dream of dancing, she came up with another dream that she had always wanted to do. She now wants to open a tea shop, yet there are some minor hold backs on that dream as well. One reason she hasn't perused the tea shop is because of Nanny. Nanny doesn't speak much, and sort of just lags around the house. This frustrates Beatrice, and she doesn’t want to start perusing those dreams until she doesn't have the responsibility of "caring"/watching over Nanny. Considering Beatrice's miserable condition, she doesn't necessarily take care of Nanny, yet Nanny lives with the Hundorfer family. I think that this poem is a great poem for describing Beatrice.

Tal.!! said...

this peom speaks directly to Tillie the most in my opinon. She has dreams of one day, probably, being some sort of scientist, since she looks up to Mr. Goodman so much. Her mother and her peers alike choose to ridicule her over this, over her dream, by laughing at her, and putting her down. For most people, that would crush their dreams, and they would let go of it. This poem is speaking to Tillie to tell her to not give up, because if she had, she wouldnt have made one of the top five science projects.

Eric said...

The poem Dreams would be directed to Tillie. I think it would be directed to her because she has a dream to be a scientist. She is about to make a presentation to the whole school and last time she did that they all laughed at her. So the poem matches what she is facing in the story. She needs to hold on to her dream and make the presentation.

Sukh said...

In the poem “Dreams,” poet Langston Hughes mostly expressed about the dream that he had. I think it connects to the Beatrice in the story “Effect of Gamma rays on man-in-the Moon Marigolds” because he had a dream of being a dancer. Her dream didn’t come true as she got her leg hurt. Now she his having a dream to open a tea shop but the responsibility of children and Nanny is coming on her way. A line “Life is a barren field frozen with snow” best describes her present situation as she is engaged in her household responsibility. She is kind of irritated by all the problems in the family. Another line “ life is a broken wing bird that cannot fly” may also connect to her. I think she is missing her dead husband in this present situation. She is always unsupportive to her children, not talking politely to them in this first part of the play. Absence of her husband may be the reason behind her behaviour towards her children.

Sukh
Per:06

Steph said...

Tillie is a girl with a big ambition for herself, and she also has big ideas. But the lifestyle she lives in inside her home tries to grasp at those ideas and that ambition, just to pull it down. "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die; Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly." That part resembles Tillie very much, because again - It's basically Tillie's home life trying to bring her down.

And I used this poem in a project last year. :D

steph
period 1

Lindsay said...

I think that the poem, “Dreams”, by Langston Hughes, relates the most to Tillie in “The Effect of Gamma Rays on the Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds”. This is because the poem talks about how important it is to hold on to your own personal dreams and having the motivation to make them come true. This is called perseverance. The line in this poem, “For if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird”, reminded me of how much Tillie is striving to reach her goals. She knows that the confidence in herself to follow her dreams will “save” her from what else is going on in her life. This line also reminds me of Beatrice, when she explains to Tillie how terrible her life had turned out. This line related to her also, because it shows that when Beatrice was younger, her dreams were not followed, but they were almost diminished-and her life became something that she did not want it to become. This is what happened when she didn’t follow her dreams. I think that Tillie realizes the situation that her mother was in back then, and does not want the same thing to happen to herself. She truly wants to become her own person and to have her own life develop into something that will make her happy.

lindsay said...

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James said...

The person in the play I think that this poem refers to most is Tillie. One reason is that Tillie is the one who has the most dreams and is having trouble holding onto them because of her mother. And also this book talks about marigolds. Marigolds are the type of flower that can grow under most conditions and all they need is sun and obivously gournd. But if snow comes it would be one of the few conditions in which marigolds wouldnt grow. And it says that "when dreams go, life is a barren field, frozen with snow." So in conclcusion, this poem connects to Tillie and marigolds because marigolds grow under most conditions but don't grow in snowy conditions. And just like marigolds Tillie seems like she is doing what she wants to do in her life and the only time she wont be doing that is if her dreams are crushed. She has to hold on tight to her dreams.

james
period 1

Anonymous said...

The poem seems to connect with Tillie. Or it seems to speak to Tillie. Tillie is the one who has dreams of the three women of the house, herself, Beatrice, and Ruth. The line that says “ For if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird”. It sounds like Hughes was telling Tillie to hold on to her dreams or she’ll end up like her mother. And in the poem a line says “Hold fast to dreams” it describes how Tillie won’t let go of her dreams no matter what the kids at school say or do, or what her mother says about her science experiments.

nicole t.
period 1

Meag said...

I think this poem relates to Tillie. In this poem it says "In the face of the sun", like marigolds all they need is sun to grow and in a way tillie relates to marigolds because no matter what soil it is put in the sun is all thats needed. This poem also relates to Tillie because she has a dream of winning this science fair which she is very proud of herself for being a finalist. Beatrice doesn't want her to succeed in this cause she doesn't really care. The poem states "Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird,That cannot fly." If tillie doesn't do this science fair then her dreams will die and she might not be able to have the chance to do this again.

Tori "flash" said...

This poem by Langston Hughes mostly speaks to Tillie. She is the one who has dreams and isnt afraid of what people think about her. She has the guts to get back on stage and present her project to the same crowd who lasughed at her and make fun of her til no end. The poem relates directly to her who it says, " For if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly." This shows that in Tillie's situation, if she didnt have science and all her dreams that go along with that, then her life would be broken. She wouldn't be able to deal with her mother and her situation at home. Everything that is wrong would start getting to her. I can make connections very easilly fromt his poem to Tillie, but it is a totally different case with Beatice her mother. Her dreams arn't really realistic. The poem directly connects to Tillie.

John M said...

I think that the poem, “Dreams”, by Langston Hughes, relates the most to Tillie. Since Tillie's dream is to be a scientest,I think it would be pointed to her. She is going to make a presentation to the whole school. Last time she did that they all laughed at her. So the poem matches what she is facing in the story. She needs to build confidence in her self and to forget the past so it doesn't interfere with her future. This dream is moving Tillie along in life and this story kind of explains how everyone should have a dream.

giuseppe said...

The mom has dream but she lets them go so she the bird with broken wing. She wants to be a dancer but she doesn't follow her dream she lets them go.ruth, beatrice, and tillie have dreams.ruth has a bad dream of someone chasing her,beactire has dreams of being a dancer and finish beutey school, and tillie wants to do good at scinece.
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Matt Schell said...

The poem “Dreams” relates to Tillie the most out of the other characters in the story. She has already faced many complications and setbacks in her life, yet she keeps on following her dreams. She has not allowed her wing to be broken, even after being laughed at by the entire school and constant disagreement with her mother. There are signs that she has been successful with her dreams in cases such as the event that makes Ruth so proud to be Tillie’s sister. I believe Tillie’s perseverance can be linked to her mother. She understands that Beatrice’s life did not turn out successful and she does not want to follow that path that leads to “a field frozen with snow.”

Brianna said...

I believe that the poem Dreams best represents Beatrice. Beatrice once wanted to be a famouse dancer. In the poem it says life is like a broken-winged bird that cannt fly. Beatrice once had this dream until she hurt her leg and could no longer dance/fly as the poem puts it. Also in the poem it talks about a bird being held back. I think that Beatrice feels as though her two children Tillie and Ruth are holding her back from doing the things that she realy wants to do with her life. Beatrice wants to open a tea shop, that was her lifelong dream, but now everything that she wants to do is being controled by her kids and Nanny.

Jesse said...

I think that the poem Dreams by Langston Hughes speaks the most about Tillie. It kind of signifies her holding on to her dream of growing her marigolds. Also the line in the poem "Hold fast to dreams for when dreams go life is a barren field frozen with snow" is sayign that if Tillie gives up then her life will be nothing. She won't do anything and she could turn into her mother.

Nicole said...

I think the poem "Dreams" speaks to Tillie. Tillie's mother, Beatrice, doesn't have a job, any real talents, and she is very careless and mean. I think when Langston Hughes says "Hold fast to dreams for when dreams go life is a barren field frozen with snow" he is telling Tillie to hold on and pursue her dreams or she could end up living a life similar to her mother's.

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Morgan said...

I think that the poem "Dreams" speaks to both Tillie and Beatrice. “Hold fast to dreams for when dreams go, life is a barren field Frozen with snow,” this line from the poem I think is speaking to Tillie. It’s reminding her to hold onto her dreams or she may end up like her mother. Beatrice is a very unhappy mother, doesn’t care about anything and doesn’t give her girls much attention. “Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly,” this part of the poem is speaking more to Beatrice. Becoming a famous dancer was one of Beatrice’s dreams, but she injured her leg and could no longer live for that dream. I thought that line represented how Beatrice’s dream died.
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Michelle said...

I think the poem “Dreams” relates to Tillie the most. Tillie Dreams of being a scientist. She constantly talks about science. Ruth talks about how Tillie did a science experiment at an assembly. One line in this poem that reminded me of Tillie was “Hold fast to dreams.” This reminded me of Tillie because Tillie isn’t letting go of her dreams. Even though her mother won’t let her go to school all the time, she strives to learn when she is there. She always tells her mother new things that she learned in school. This poem also reminds me of Beatrice. The line in the poem that reminds me of Beatrice is “For if dreams die life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” This reminds me of Beatrice because she sounds like she has given up on dreams. The poem “Dreams” reminds me of Beatrice and Tillie.

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Natschja said...

“For if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird”- Langston Hughes, this line in the Poem, “Dreams”, speaks out directly to Beatrice. That’s because Beatrice had dreams of becoming a dancer. However, that all went down the drain when she got married, and had two kids. All her dreams have died, and now “Life is a broken-winged bird” because she can’t do anything she wants. She has to take care of her two kids, and a Nanny. She can’t ‘fly’ away and live the life that she dreamed of when she was younger. “For when dreams go, Life is a barren field, Frozen with snow”, Beatrice’s life is like a barren field because she has nothing going on in her life. All she does is drink and smokes everyday, and she verbally abuses all her children. Her life is frozen with snow because she’s cold and has no affection for anyone but her self. She has a lot of self pity. This poem is basically describing Beatrice.

Jenn with two 2 n's said...

In my opinion after reading the poem Dreams it really reminded me of Tillie. Tillie has put lots of effort into the science fair, even if it means getting laughed at or made fun of. Tillie stuck with what she believes she holds on to her dreams and lets her life take controll of them. If you think about it in the poem it had said "life is a broekn winged bird that cannot fly." To me this sounds a lot like Tillie. She has faced many hard times in her life already, she has a mother who dosen't seem to care much about her or her accomplishments in school. So even though it may seem at times she cannot get through the hard times becuase no one is there to care, in the end Tillie holds on to her dreams and makes sure they come true. At the bitterest times in her life, she will make sure nothing stops her from what she must do for herself and what makes her happy. Even if it means going through put downs or getting shut out.

Shane said...

I think that the poem “Dreams” relates to Tillie the most out of everyone. The poem speaks of what happens if you forget about your dreams or if you just don’t care enough to hold on to them. If you have a dream that you believe in then hold onto it. If you don’t believe in yourself or in the dream then you can’t carry it out like you should. Tillie shouldn’t give up on science just because Beatrice is so strict and uneducated about everything. She can go on rampages and what not but Tillie should never give up a dream for anybody, even her own family. If she does then she will just become another Beatrice in the world.

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Matt T. said...

I think that the poem, Dreams, by Langston Hughes speaks mostly of Tillie. In the book Tillie has dreams of science and to perform well in the science fair. Some people that can hold her back form her dreams include her mother and all the kids at school that laughed at her. In the poem it states:
“Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow."

I think that refers to Tillie because she is not going to let those people get in her way achieving her dreams. Tillie has a lot of perseverance, especially with her mother. Beatrice thinks that her little science experiments are silly and just get in the way. Tillie believes that what she is doing is important and wants to prove her and her classmates wrong. This is why I think the poem Dreams by Langston Hughes refers to Tillie.

Matt Tarducci
P-6

Dominique said...

I think that the poem is speaking to Tillie the most. She is the only one in the family who has dreams, Beatrice and Ruth don't really have any. The poem is telling her to not let go of her dreams (even though her mom will discourage her). It is hard for Tillie to stick to her dreams if her mom doesn't support her, but she should. The lines that stick out to me the most are " Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly." This means that if Tille does not 'hold fast' to her dreams, that her life will not be what she imagined, and ultimately, Tillie will end up like her mother, Beatrice, who didn't stick to her dreams either, and ended up an unhappy and bitter person.

Dana said...

I think the poem "Dreams" by Langston Hughes speaks the most to Tillie. The poem is all about holding on to dreams and no matter what, not letting them go. Tillie holds on to her dreams even when everyone, at school and at home, makes fun of her. It is important that she doesn't let go of what is important to her, because that is what is going to keep her from growing up to be exactly like her mother. Her dreams are going to get her out of the unhealthy enviornment of her home and on to better things in life.
The poem could also speak to Beatrice. It is not too late in her life for her to still be holding on to her dreams. She could still make them happen. In the poem it states:
"Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly."
This relates to Beatrice because she could still hold on to her dreams and make them happen. It is still possible for her to turn her life around and make things better and how she wishes that they had been.

joe b said...

I think that the poem "Dreams" by Langston Hughes speaks both to Tillie and Beatrice.
"Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly."
I think it refers to Tillie because she has a dream to do well in the science fair even though no one thinks that she can do it. They just make fun of her. I think that the poem is saying that your dreams are important and you should do whatever you can to make them happen. I think that the poem also refers to Beatrice because she has forgotten her dreams and I think that is why she is so miserable. That is why the poem refers both to Tillie and Beatrice.

matt r said...

I believe that Langston Hughes’ poem is directed more towards Tillie than any other character in this play. I chose Tillie because she is truly the only person in the story who has dreams for the future. Ruth and Beatrice seem to be stuck in the past, constantly worrying about things that have already happened and attempting to piece together fractions of their life that have already passed by. Although she is very timid and reserved, I feel that Tillie has a lot of potential. This poem is essentially instructing Tillie to hold on to her aspirations no matter what. In the words of this poem, “if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird, that cannot fly.” In a house will a negative mother and an anxiety stricken sister, dreams are the only things that are keeping Tillie’s feet on the ground.

matt r / period 1

Adam said...

I believe this poem relates mostly to Tillie. She is the only one in the story that still has dreams. She has dreams to do well in school and continue her science experiments, and also probably to become a scientist when she grows up. The lines that stuck out most to me are; for if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird
that cannot fly. This relates to how tillie has to keep dreaming and hoping even though her mother is discouraging her. If tillie lets go of her dreams then she just might end up with a life like her mothers. I think Tillie knows this and that is encouraging her to keep going.

Luke D. Per. 4 said...

A person I think most connects with the poem is Tillie. A reason is that she is the one who has dreams about things that her mother wont let happen. Also, the book talks about how Marigolds can live in almost any conditions. But, if snow is in the forecast then marigolds are going to have a hard time surviving. Tillie also connects with the poem because in the poem it explains how, "when dreams go, life is a barren field, frozen with snow." In the story Tillie can follow her dreams unless her mom interferes.

george with 2 g's and e's said...

I feel that the poem "Dreams" can connect mainly with Tillie in the book. She is the only family member with true, life-long dreams that she wishes to excel with in life. She dreams to make it in the science world and become some sort of an important scientist. It is her passion to carry out experiments and she could still perform them for a lifetime without any boredom. Yet, the poem states that "If dreams die, then life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly". This shows that the only way for Tillie's dreams to come true are if she keeps hold of them and never stops hoping for them to happen. As well, it states "For when dreams go, life is a barren field, frozen with snow." This represents that when one, in life, lets all their hope and dreams drift, that life is pointless. Having no hope towards dreams makes life useless. Tillie needs to hold on to her dreams in order to become successful in the science field.

Mike said...

I think the poem speaks to Tillie the most. She is the one person in that family that still has dreams. The poem talks about how you shouldn’t ever let go of your dreams, because if you do, then your life won’t be as good as it could be. Tillie, even with people making fun of her and her mom discouraging her, still continues to work on her science project.
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

I think these lines speak out to Tillie in particular because it describes what will happen to her if she gives up on her dreams. If she decides to give up like her mom did, then she would most likely become just like her mother.

Mike
Period 6

Will J said...

I think this most relates to Beatrice because she had so many dreams when she was younger. SHe wanted to be a great dancer, but she got married and the dreams left her. now she just takes care of older people for $50 a week. She also wanted to open up a tea shop. But she says her children are holding her down. She said it's everybody's fault but hers. She could have made her life better by following her dreams and not letting anyone get in her way. She just kind of gave up on her dreams.

bekah said...

In the play, I think that this poem speaks the most to Tillie. Ruth has dreams as in dreams about Mr. Mayo and such...but Tillie has the kind of dreams that are aspirations. The play implies that Tillie dreams of having some sort of science career when she grows up; it is her dream to excel in that area. The lines that stand out in the poem because they can easily relate to Tillie are, "Hold fast to dreams for if they die life is like a broken-winged bird that cannot fly..." In Tillie's case, these lines are saying that she should hold onto the dreams she has of being a scientist, they're what help her get through the tough days. If Tillie lets go of these dreams, she won't have anything to look forward to each day. Tillie's mom, Beatrice, treats her like a slave, making Tillie scratch Beatrice's back, yelling at her all of time, keeping her home from school...the list goes on. The conditions she faces at home could really make her feel worthless; like her life was, "a barren field frozen with snow." Her dreams force her to go on with life and give her something to look forward to each day.

Bekah
Period 7

Anthony G said...

I think the poem is about beatrice because the mom had dreams of being a dancer and going beauty school. Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die that means she had dreams but they had die when she get married.

by Anthony G
period 4

Olivia said...

I think the poem relates the most to Beatrice because she had big dreams. She wanted to be a dancer but she hurt her leg. She wants to live in a house with eight garages and make money. For her, her dreams died when she got married and had kids and now, in her opinion, her life is terrible. It also seems like because she didnt finish beauty school, she let her dreams slip away and now she is a broken winged bird.

per.4

Anonymous said...

I think the poem relates to Beatrice the most out of anyone. Beatrice had big dreams while she was growing up and throughout her bad highschool experience her dreams were killed. Beatrice wanted to be a dancer but her leg broke. SO she was never able to reach her dream. Beatrice thinks her life is terrible now because she is lonely. She wishes that she finished beauty school and fufilled her life and made it the way she dreams about. Beatrice feels as though shes still living in the past, she never moved on from the kids who made fun of her in highschool , she has no self confidence in herself anymore. She is a broken person she see's that there is no way out to a better life.

- Liz Pirrone

Alicia said...

I think that the poem relates most to tillie. She has always been a positive person and is very focused on school- even when her mother has disregaured her even going to school some days. she has stood up for what she thinks is right and has put her dreams forward, despite her mother disaproving everything she has went for/against. Even when her mother has comented badly on her teacher(s)... she is always trying to impress her mom, even when her mom puts her down. In the end she has always make the best out of situations. The past, present and the future; she will always have the best of it all.

Alyssa said...

I think that this poem is most like Beatrice, because she had dreams to become more then what she is now, and i think that now that nothing she wanted came true she has nothin to live for. Where it says " Life is a broken- winged bird, that cannot fly". means for Beatrice that she can't change her life anymore it is going to stay the same.

kelsey said...

This poem I think can be related to Tillie the most. If she lost her dreams of becoming something someday then she has nothing. She will be stuck in the same rut her mother is and her sister will be. She will end up poor and miserable and never get what she wanted out of life. Dreams are the only things that Tillie has and if she lets those get away then as the poem says “for when dreams go life is a barren field of snow frozen with snow.

jessica =) said...

I think that this poem speaks the most about Tillie. I think this beacuse to me, Tillie is the one who has the most dreams and expectations for herself. She still keeps her head above the water even when her mother is disreguarding and being mean to her. In the lines "For when dreams go, Life is a barren field, Frozen with snow," I think that it really relates to Tillie's life. This is because if Tillie does not dream and make expectations for herself she might end up like her mother and have a horrible meaningless life. but with these drwams she can have a great present day and future.
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jessica marino

Anonymous said...

I think that this poem relates the most to Tille. She has the most dreams in the play and her dreams are what inspire her to well in school and to persevere. "Hold fast to dreams for if they die life is like a broken-winged bird that cannot fly..." This is basically saying how Tille needs to hold on to the dreams she has if she doesn't then she could end up like her mother. If she loses her dreams then her life wouldn’t be the best life she could have had for herself.

katharine said...

This poem "Dreams" by Langston Hughes speaks mostly about Tillie and Beatrice. Tillie has dreams of becoming an expert in science. She does many projects with Mr. Goodman and she is a great scientist. Tillie wants to grow up and do something better with her life than what her mom did. Tillie dreams about winning the science fair contest at her school. She is top five, and she wants to win first place.
"Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow."
I think this line has to do with Beatrice. She dreamed about becoming a dancer all her life, but she messed up her dreams by marrying the wrong man and having children. She lives a miserable life and she still talks about becoming a dancer.

Anonymous said...

The poem seems to talk about tillie more than anyone. In her lifestyle, dreams are hard to hold on to because of her mother, Beatrice. Hopes and Dreams are all that she really has going for her, and her mother seems to be trying to take even that. She is probably going to become something great and prove her mother wrong. She is holding onto her dreams, and that will get her through her hardships. In these situations, just tell yourself, "Just a bit further." That is how she is surviving.

Joe Sierejko

Alec Hall said...

I think that poem is more for Tillie because she still has dreams.She dreams more then anybody in that family.She proberly dreams that one day her family is going to be happy again and be normal

Paul said...

The poem "Dreams" for the most part speaks about Tillie and Beatrice.Tillie dreams of becoming an expert in science.She does alot of science projects with Mr.Goodman and is a good scientist. Tillie wants to win 1st in the science fair.

alex p said...

I think that the poem 'Dreams' connects to both Tillie abd Beatrice. They both have dreams in their lives. Tillie dreams about one day becoming a scientist and having a better family then what she has. She also dreams about winning the school science fair with her merigolds. Beatrice has dreams as well. When she was a kid she always dreamed of one day becoming a dancer. After that dream failed, her next dream is to open the coffee shop one day. Even though opening up a coffee shop isn't such a big dream, she still dreams about doing it one day.

Anonymous said...

This is a very good poem to represent how the mother Beatrice's dreams are gone, and how Tillie's dreams are actually beginning to happen. In the lines
"Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly."
I think that it describes how Beatrice is sort of like a bird with broken wings because the way she is now makes her dreams impossible to persue. Realistically, she's not going to open her business and she's probably not going to change her ways since she is just so old.

Brandon
Period 1