Americans/America America is it truly known to be the land of freedom, opportunity and different culture. Robert Hayden in his book of collected poems speaks about America and its different culture and problem. He explains by using different views and perspective to demonstrate what he think of America and Americans. In Robert Hayden "American Journal Hayden had a Alien go and observe America. The Alien explains that America is a country of multi-cultural difference and that Americans are very energetic. As he continue to examine he explain that America is a land of violence and ghetto and that it is like that because Americans allow it to be that way.
Hayden uses images to discuss most of what the alien see. He is saying America is full of different culture, it's the land of freedom and although it's like that some people take advantage of it. Although America has its problem Hayden explain that the alien is attached and he like it. The alien cannot name or tell what it is about America that has him attach but he just like it in America. "Words in the mourning time" Hayden begins to explain America as self-destructive, and self-betrayed. He feels Americans fear death everyday and to be a human Americans have to achieve it.
Hayden then goes on to explain the hunger problem Americans face. There are many homeless and hungry Americans. In the poem he uses the images of someone sitting at a table and a hungry man come and take their food. He then goes on to explain that America is all about killing no matter who get hurt as long as it's not the American people. Hayden uses the Vietnam War as an example when the village and the innocent school student were brutally killed. Hayden then explain America to be violent within there society the Americans kill each other.
He explains that America is full of ghetto and slums. He explain that although young boys from decent Americans homes are going around killing each other (98) American man should not be frightened to the evil's that America face, they should go on struggling to be recognized as human. Ignore the racism and the threat, just remember that man are man and should be permitted to be a man. (98) "The Rag man" Hayden uses an image of a man who is homeless and is walking the cold winter streets in just rags. The American people stare and wonder who he is and where he comes from. He then goes on to explain how giving the American people are.
Americans will donate clothes and food to different organization for homeless and shelter people. One fault that the American people that Hayden tell is that they are giving but when they see a homeless person they run to get away from them. In these three poems Hayden uses images, symbols and words to explain his view. He explains America from different aspects. He explains how America is very violent but yet it's the land of equal opportunity.
One of Hayden views of Americans are they are giving but then again evil. Another view is that Americans as a people, has to struggle to be recognize as humans. Hayden wants Americans to live life and not be worried about social status, or nationality but by being American because that's what they all are. America is the land of freedom and opportunity and in America you can be what ever you want to be. America is truly known to be the land of freedom, opportunity and different culture. America is a land with different cultural difference but through out that Americans are all Americans and should not to be judge by there nationality.
It's the land of freedom and opportunity because the American people have the opportunity to be what ever they chose to be; they have all the technologies and studies to do it. Hayden tries to explain this in some of his poems.