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"Charlotte O'Neil's Song" and "Nothings Changed".

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English Essay - "Charlotte O'Neil's Song" and "Nothings Changed" Fiona Farrell and Tatamkhulu Afrika, the writers of the two poems convey similar feelings about oppression and injustice through many different techniques, such as layout, line length and choice of language. Charlotte O'Neil's Song is about a general servant working for an upper class family who finally decides she has had enough and moves on. She knows when she is treated badly and decides to do something about it. Nothings Changed is about a black man who lived in a poor town known as "district six" in South Africa that was run by white people. The whole society was extremely racist and only allowed whites to do as they wanted whereas black people, although they were free were only allowed in certain shops and to do certain things. This poem shows us that the man in the poem knows where he is not wanted and that the whites were racist towards them. "No sign says it is: but we know where we belong". Charlotte O'Neil's Song has a lot of repetition in the poem which emphasises certain things. ...read more.

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"You rang your bell and I answered". She also shows us the jobs she has to do, such as emptying the chamber pot that contained her masters' waste. The contrast between 'Charlotte O'Neil's Song' and 'Nothings Changed' is that Charlotte lives in a house and although she is a servant she is also needed. Whereas the man in 'Nothings Changed' has been driven from his hometown because he is not welcome there. The irony of 'Charlotte O'Neil's Song' is that we don't really know what happened to Charlotte and also that her master could easily hire another general servant. Charlotte would not be missed. The ending of 'Charlotte O'Neil's Song' compared to nothings changed is far more positive as she has left and is no longer a servant, she can start again whereas the man in nothings changed is still very unhappy and angry. The poet conveyed her feelings about oppression and injustice through all of the methods mentioned above. The structure of the poems make the reader read more slowly or faster. This structure and control over the readers reading shows us how the writer felt and also conveys and emphasises feelings about oppression and injustice. ...read more.

Conclusion

The sixth stanza shows the contrast between the restaurant owned by the white people with linen cloth and caf� where the black people go to eat which sells cheap takeaway where you eat at a "plastic table top". This shows us that the blacks are treated totally differently compared to the whites and for no apparent reason. It also conveys the oppression and injustice that they suffer. In conclusion 'Nothings Changed' made the most impression on me because it was about a poor black man who was forced out of his own hometown just because he was disliked for no reason. 'Nothings Changed' finishes with an angry and negative ending and it appeals to the readers to sympathise with the man in the poem, this is another reason why I thought this poem made more of an impression on me. Although 'Charlotte O'Neil's Song was sad because she was treated badly it ended positively and Charlotte now has a new life to look forward to. Whereas the man in 'Nothings Changed' is living in the past and does not forget the poor treatment he went through and still feels anger towards the white people and therefore it is sad because he cannot continue his life like Charlotte. ...read more.

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