Langston Hughes: Poems

What is the metaphor in the poem "Mother to Son"?

 What is the metaphor in the poem "Mother to Son"?

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The metaphor in "Mother to Son" is found in the staircase, which represents the mother's life. Contrary to what we'd initially believe, the "crystal" staircase does not allude to a life of opulence, but rather a life of hardships. 

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