Short Story Analysis
"Slave on the Block" By Langston Hughes
“Slave on the Block” is a short story composed by Langston Hughes. A young black boy finds himself living with a well off Caucasian couple. They were fascinated with African American culture and the beauty of the dark boy's skin. Anne (wife), was an artist who enjoyed painting brown skinned people and liked to place them in different settings while painting. Her husband was a composer of music. He often played the piano while his wife painted. At first, Luther was fond of all the attention that the caraway’s were giving him. He soon came to the realization that they didn't view him as a human being but more of an object. He didn't want to feel obligated to sit on a stool all day while Anne painted him and portrayed him as a slave. He soon gets tired of all this and departs from the friendly, but naive couple's home.
The Carraways are so nonchalant about the way they treat Luther. In they're minds, he's an object instead of a human being. They don't regret or feel bad about the way they are treating them because they don't even realize that they're treating him unfairly. "In literature, satire is the art of using ridicule, humor, and wit to criticize human nature and institutions. The white liberal couple are clearly satirized in "Slave on the Block". They represent a type of patronizing, unconsciously offensive white patron of black arts in the 1920s and 30s" ("Slave on the Block,279").
"Slave on the Block" by Langston Hughes, Scribners, September 1933."UNZ.org. Scribners Magazine, n.d. Web. 11 May 2016.
'Slave on the Block" Short Stories for Students. Ed. Kathleen Wilson. Vol. 4. Detroit: Gale, 1999. 277-279. Print.