The theme of oppression is examined when comparing the literary devices in the poem “As I Grew Older” by Langston Hughes and the story “The Loophole Of Retreat” by Harriet A. Jacobs. It is through the use of personification and symbolism that the theme is reflected. The oppression is in just use of authority or power. In the poem “As I Grew Older” by Langston Hughes describes about a black girl that had a dream, but this dream was slowly disappearing from her. She didn’t have enough freedom and she always wants it to through. The author in the poem is hiding from oppression by hiding in the attic. Also Hughes uses some literary devices such as symbolism and personification….