• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare how Society is presented in 'Nothings Changed' and 'Two Scavengers in a truck two beautiful People in a Mercedes.'

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Compare how Society is presented in 'Nothings Changed' and 'Two Scavengers in a truck two beautiful People in a Mercedes.' In both poems, the main theme is that people are segregated in the society they live in. However, in 'Nothings Changed' this poems explores racial segregation in South Africa during the apartheid separating the whites from the blacks such as the 'whites only in caf�' In contrast to the racial segregation in 'Nothings Changed', 'Two Scavengers in a Truck two Beautiful People in a Mercedes' explores the separation in the society by the wealth the person holds in relation to how good the persons physical looks are. 'The elegant couple' are seen to be fit to be seen with each other, but the people in 'red plastic blazers' could not be part of the elegant couples perfect fantasy. In both poems, the writers are sympathetic to the point of view that is represented by the lower class person. Such as in 'Nothings Changed' when the man is left out side of his true home and feels down trodden and upset by that and wanting to fight back. ...read more.

Middle

On the other hand in 'Two Scavengers in a Truck two Beautiful People in a Mercedes' the men do not want to fight against the richer, more glamorous couple but simply close the 'small gulf' between them that has set there lives apart. The writer shows sympathy by giving them the elevated position in this circumstance, you would usually see the richer and more glamorous but here the grungy, scavengers are looking down on the elegant couple. The fact that the elegant couple are only just going to work now is another point showing that they have a relaxed lifestyle and are 'casual' about the workplace. However, the garbage men have had to got to work in the early hours of the morning because they do not have the luxury of being lax about there lifestyle but have to work hard and, especially in the morning when no one can see them in the cheap, 'red plastic blazers.' This gives you the image of rugged looking men that are embarrassed by the way they look and with dirt under there fingernails and on there faces but they have sparkling eyes that represent the dream and prosperity they have for the luxurious lifestyle. ...read more.

Conclusion

The men in 'Two Scavengers in a Truck two Beautiful People in a Mercedes' are seen to be 'vermin' and are not treated with the same respect as everyone else but as a lower class because of what they do. They show slight anger in the form of bitter remarks about the couple in the Mercedes 'the cools couple' may be seen as a remark that they this may be because they do not think it fair that the people in the Mercedes are treated any different just because they are in a Mercedes. Because when everything it brought down to its bare minimum everyone in the world is the same. In Nothings Changed' it is evident that he is bitter because of the actions he uses 'I back from the glass, leaving small mean O of small mean mouth' he is like a child when he is younger and wants something really badly but cannot have it. It is as if he is forbidden to go and look at the white, not to mention to be with them. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes essays

  1. In this essay, I will be writing about two poems which are 'Two Scavengers ...

    I also think that he uses a lot of repetition in words to reinforce the differences between the cool couple in the Mercedes and the two scavengers. In my opinion, the two vehicles that are discussed in this poem are highly significant as it plays up on how wealthy each couple are.

  2. Compare 'Nothing's Changed' with 'Two Scavengers in a Truck', showing how the poets reveal ...

    In the second and third stanza, Ferlinghetti contrasts their appearances; the 'casually coifed' woman with the 'gargoyle Quasimodo'. All this infers to the reader that the 'beautiful people' are very much more image-obsessed and fake, in comparison to the garbage men, and perhaps they are the ones that are the scavengers.

  1. Compare how the two poets explore cultural issues in their work

    in the apartheid, The phrase describing how he steps back feeling like a small boy again suggest that this has been happening for a long time and nothing has changed. The phrases also suggest that the anger inside this man is boiling over and is ready to be expressed further.

  2. nothings changed and 2 scavengers

    They are treated like filth compared to the wealthy white people in South Africa. He says "amiable weed" meaning that they are friendly and it is like his home this tells us that the writer is black and comes from this region of Africa.

  1. Contrast and Comparison between the Poems, "Two Scavengers" and "Nothings Changed"

    The poem makes me think this by saying, "Grungy from their route". This particular quote gives us the impression that their job is very physical, dirty and smelly, which could possibly be linked to the hot climate, which again could add to the discomfort of the job.

  2. Compare the brief encounters between two 'culture clashes' in 'An Old Woman' by Arun ...

    Making reference also to 'temples cracking', religion cannot even save her. As the poems develop, both poets invite you into their confidence by stereotyping the poor: 'you know how old women are' in Kolatkur's poem and more subtly the joke-like opening, for optimum effect in the ending you can't see coming.

  1. Comparison between the poem Nothings Changed and the poem Two Scavengers in a Truck

    I feel that the poet's background affects the views and opinions that they express in each of the poems, firstly looking at the poem 'Nothing's Changed' which was written by Tatamkhula Afrika who was born and bred by a Turkish mother and an Arabian father in Egypt.

  2. Two poems from different cultures-'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two beautiful People in Mercedes'and ...

    The poet describes the woman as 'casually coifed'. These are two contrasting ideas; it creates the idea that the woman is looking very casual, although she also looks very neat. It also suggests that she has spent a lot of time and money trying to achieve this look.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work