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Explore the Presentation of Alienation in Two Scavengers and A View from Westminster Bridge

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Explore the Presentation of Alienation In "Two Scavengers" and "Nothing's Changed" Alienation is present through both of the texts although it is shown in dissimilar ways. For example Two Scavengers displays alienation in the withdrawal from living, giving the reader a sense of direction in the poem and supports the context of segregation. "A bright yellow garbage truck," compared to the "elegant open Mercedes." Nothing's Changed however, allows the reader to feel the evocative nature of past events. "I back from the glass boy again." This shows that the poet grew up here. In Two Scavengers, the first part describes the under-privileged life of the scavengers and the second describes the beautiful Mercedes with an equally "elegant couple inside it." This contrast symbolises the huge difference between these two types of people, the working class and the upper class. This has a certain, unique effect on the reader. The desperation of the way it is written has an emotional effect on the reader because you can feel sympathetic towards the scavengers, who are never given an adequate reason why the scavengers are in their unfortunate position. ...read more.


There are many key differences shown in both of the texts. For example, the most emotionally stirring would be Nothing's Changed, mainly because of the realism in the way he describes the area. As it is written in first person, you can feel emotion for the poet. "But my feet know and my hands," shows that there is an almost painful acquaintance with a previous experience, this is very powerful and can disconcert the reader. The deep meaning to Nothing's Changed is different to Two Scavengers because Nothing's Changed is showing that the poet is within the segregation, feeling the force of it. However, in Two Scavengers, it displays examples of the segregation, this isn't so powerful. The reader can relate to both of these poems in different ways. Nothing's changed is written more aggressively, with the "how, white, inward turning anger of my eyes," which passes on the feeling of aggression to the reader, especially with the onomatopoeic words in the first stanza, "stones click," "grasses thrust, "crunch in tall." The way, in which these words sound, for example, they are all aggressive verbs with harsh sounding consonants. ...read more.


The uses of both juxtaposition, the idea of segregation and alienation show that the world is more separated than we believe. Two Scavengers makes this point most clearly in "nine a.m. downtown garbage men." The use of downtown as opposed to uptown shows the division in San Francisco which is similar throughout the world. The differences between the eateries in Nothing's Changed, the "upmarket, haute cuisine," as opposed to the "working man's caf�" which serve bunny chows, a cheaply made curry pasty, shows that the poets both feel the same and are almost pleading with the reader to improve the morals present in the political systems around the world. Both the poems have a powerful yet different effect on the reader as Nothing's Changed is written aggressively and frustration is shown, a feeling which is given to the reader, although Two Scavengers tries to plead for sympathy. The poet of Two Scavengers writes very unsympathetically and cruelly, "grungy from their route," which is a clever technique, almost using reverse psychology on the reader to get the desired effect. I believe that both of the poems are extremely well written and have enjoyed reading and studying them both. Thank you for reading my essay... Benjamin Biggs Mr Snelling English ...read more.

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