Bienvenu strengthens this, by stating that, "If the price to be paid for that opportunity is kowtowing [acting in an excessively subservient manner] at times to whites, the goal for Sallie is worth the seeming, yet actually disingenuous, self-effacement." (Bienvenu). Effectively, instead of making the system work for her, as Robert tries to do, she learns how to work the system to her advantage, thus receiving most of the things she desires.
Conclusively, Langston Hughes creates a masterpiece with a plethora themes by building upon the simplest of concepts: a boy in search of a father's love. Through the interweaving of Sallie, Robert, Colonel Norwood, love, hatred, assimilation, and racism he tells a story that is just as simple as it is complex. Although, Colonel Norwood denies parentage to Robert Norwood, Langston Hughes shows through the ironic means of their intertwined deaths, that one cannot run from