The short story “Early Autumn” by Langston Hughes is a good example of a story that describes everyday life. I believe Hughes used this story to show how people can make one irrational decision that can result in a time of sadness. The author uses the end of fall, beginning of winter to help his readers be able to visualize the stillness, the coldness and the emptiness between the two characters.
In this story he talks about two young people who were in love, and for no good reason fell out of love and moved on with their lives. This can be symbolized with ‘’the leaves that fell slowly from the trees in the square. With no wind”. Hughes also describes the cold feeling outside, this can describe the feeling that are between the two young people after they grew apart from one another.
Another point that he brought to our attention was that for a short time they were surrounded by people they did not know, and space between them. Which leads us to have an open imagination to believe that for a moment Mary and Bill are the only people there at that moment. This also can be perceived that the people they do not know could be the same as their relationship that once kindled in slowly walking away, and the space between them is the farther apart they move away from each other without moving.
At the end of the story it shows that time and space slowly changes people. Bill and Mary were once in love but like the leaves of the autumn evening they have fell away from their root that brought them together in the beginning to show two different people.