In "Mother to Son," why does Langston Hughes include lines about a staircase with "tacks in it," "splinters," and boards that have been "torn up"?
to prove that the speaker is thinking more about herself than about her son
to represent the hardships and dangers faced by the speaker
to describe the setting in which the conversation between the speaker and her son takes place
to suggest that the speaker may not be totally reliable
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Is this the story? we must not hope to be mowers,
And to gather the ripe gold ears,
Unless we have first been sowers
And watered the furrows with tears
It is not just as we take it,
this mystical world of ours,
life's feild will yield as we make it
a harvest of thorns or flowers."
i think so
I would definitely say B
Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
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.
I think it would be A Shes mainly talking about her life