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Compare and Contrast the ways in which the poets, U.A. Fanthorpe and W.H. Auden effectively explore the theme of prejudice in their poems, "You will be hearing from us shortly" and "Refugee Blues."

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Compare and Contrast the ways in which the poets, U.A. Fanthorpe and W.H. Auden effectively explore the theme of prejudice in their poems, "You will be hearing from us shortly" and "Refugee Blues." The poems, "You will be hearing from us shortly" by U.A. Fanthorpe and "Refugee Blues" by W.H. Auden both explore the themes of prejudice and stereotyping. Fanthorpe does this through a job interview in which the candidate being interviewed probably will not be accepted for the job because the interviewer does not think he or she is acceptable. The interviewer thinks this because the candidate lives in a council estate, which shows that this poem is about class discrimination. In contrast, Auden's poem is about two Jewish Germans who have been forced to escape their country because they are being persecuted. However, other countries will not accept them as asylum seekers. This shows that Auden is exploring prejudice through racial and religion discrimination. Both poems are in the form of a conversation. Fanthorpe's poem shows the interviewer as the main speaker with gaps for the candidate's replies even though what the candidate says is not shown: "What qualities do you feel you Personally have to offer? ...read more.

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There is a point in Fanthorpe's poem where the interviewer attacks the candidate's age: "Now your age. Perhaps you feel able To make your own comment about that Too?" This gives the impression that the interviewer wanted someone young but not too young making it obvious that the candidate does not have this requirement. The interviewer also begins to discuss the candidate's appearance and accent which links together because it gives the impression that the interviewer thinks that the candidate is uneducated. However it is obvious that the candidate is educated through the quotation: "Your qualifications though impressive," which means that the only reason the interviewer finds the need to discuss them is because he or she finds them unacceptable. This proves that the interviewer does not have any compassion for the candidate. This is similar to the person in Auden's poem who would not give the refugees the chance they needed instead they tell the refugees: "If you have no passport you're officially dead" which contradicts the fact that the refugees are alive and can be seen. This then connects part in the poem where the refugee mentions Hitler's comment: "It was Hitler over Europe saying "They must die" He was talking of me you and me, my dear" Because it shows that like the interviewer in Fanthorpe's poem, Hitler also lacks compassion for the Jews. ...read more.

Conclusion

Both poems end with us feeling sorry for the people being discriminated against. We feel sorry for the candidate in Fanthorpe's poem because it is clearly evident that he or she will not get the job and we feel for the refugees in Auden's poem because they will never be treated in the same way as every one else. We also feel sorry for them because, their discriminators will never give them the chance to prove them wrong so the candidate in Fanthorpe's poem may end up experiencing problems like financial difficulties because his or her chance of a way out has been taken away whilst the refugees in Auden's poem, will become thieves stealing people's "daily bread" because that it is the only way that they can survive. U.A. Fanthorpe and W.H. Auden both effectively explore the themes of prejudice in their poems, "You will be hearing from us shortly" and "Refugee Blues" through looking at stereotyping from one viewpoint. Fanthorpe uses the viewpoint of a person that discriminates which shows how demeaning and intimidating discrimination can be whilst Auden uses the viewpoint of someone being discriminated against which brings to light the hurt, pain and exclusion they feel. This helps us to comprehend how unfair and callous prejudice is. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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