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

How are anger and frustration presented in 'Nothing's Changed' and 'Half-Caste'?

Extracts from this document...


How are anger and frustration presented in 'Nothing's Changed' and 'Half-Caste'? In this essay I am going to talk about how anger and frustration is linked between two poems. The two poems are called 'Nothing's Changed' and 'Half-Caste'. I am going to explain four topics about each poem. These are: language, discrimination, culture and racism. Each one I will explain how they link with the poems. For example racism shares a main part in both poems because they are both about inequality and difference. Both Poems are autobiographical so both authors have had their own experience meaning that the anger shown is very descriptive. The first topic I am going to talk about is the racism that is linked between the two poems. First I will look at the poem 'Half-caste' then 'Nothing's changed'. I would say that 'Half-Caste' is quite an angry poem because the poem John Agard has written is about difference. It is about difference because it mentions the word 'half-caste' and the word is used to describe people born of parents of a different colour. This word can be used as an insult against a different race, which shows racism. Here is an example that shows how racism is shown "Yu mean when Picasso mix red and green". ...read more.


This is a sign of anger and frustration in the poem. In 'Nothing's changed' the language shown is quite different. T.A uses angry language to express his feelings about the situation going on. He uses this angry language because he has experienced racial discrimination and he uses anger to describe how he felt and what happened at district 6. "Hands burn for a stone, a bomb, to shiver down the glass." This quotation is from the end of the poem and it means that the boy wants to get a stone or a bomb and to throw it at the glass so he can get in to the inn. The boy cannot get into the inn though because is not allowed, he is not allowed because he is different and because they are racist to him. This quote says a lot about T.A's anger against people who are racist. Between the two poems the language features shown in both of them are a bit differently shown but the explanation and meaning of the anger in both poems is about the same. Apart from racism and language in these poems there is discrimination seen in both. First of all in 'Nothing's Changed' I think the racism links together with the discrimination. ...read more.


In 'Half-Caste' I think the poem is mainly directed against white people. I think this because the term 'Half-Caste' is used against different coloured people meaning that white people who are racist would say it. The text is very angry meaning that J.A is being called half-caste and he is explaining what a half-caste is. The poem is against white people though because white people are accused of being racist. In Nothing's changed the culture is slightly different unlike 'Half-Caste'. I would say that the culture in 'Nothing's Changed' is similar to the poem 'Half-caste' because it is about white people again except the poem isn't against them it's just about them. T.A had returned to District 6 only to find white people there and in the poem he explains about how they are here and how he is treated. I would say that the culture in this poem is about coloured people versus the white people and how they battle it out. But in the poem T.A uses angry language to describe how he feels about himself and the white people. Now you have read all the topics hopefully you can see why these poems contain anger and frustration. It is because of the result of racism, discrimination, language and culture. Both the authors of the two poems used some kind of anger to describe how they felt by using the example of one of these topics. Lee Humphreys ...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 John Agard: Half-Caste section.

Found what you're looking for?

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

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

3 star(s)

This essay has many good points. It is very clearly and logically structured and uses topic sentences to refer to the question.
The essay clearly compares the two poems and looks at the similarities rather than any differences in the two poems.
The writer makes insightful comments which are discussed in detail.
More quotes are needed in places.
There is too much repetition of key words and phrases and ideas and points are sometimes repeated too often.
*** 3 stars.

Marked by teacher Katie Dixon 10/05/2013

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 John Agard: Half-Caste essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Comparing poems 'halfe cast' and 'nothings changed'

    4 star(s)

    Also he believes they are not wanted. He then later compares a white person to the opposite, a 'red rose', this maybe because he thinks that a lot of care is taken into caring for a red rose and also the white people.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    How does John Agard make the poem Half-Caste seem controversial? Think about the main ...

    3 star(s)

    It is the listener who has only half a mind because of the narrow-minded views that they have. Why did the poet purposely use Tchaikovsky and Picasso? Does it have any resemblence to the theme of the poem? The reason John Agard uses Tchaikovsky and Picasso's names in his poem is to represent culture.

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The poems No Problem written by Benjamin Zephania and Half-Caste written by John Aguard ...

    3 star(s)

    Also the English weather should be made fun of because it constantly changes hour by hour between light and dark clouds in the sky. I think that he ridicules the use of the word half-caste and jokes about it but deep down it hurts him to think that he is

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Poetry from other cultures - a study of 'Search for my tongue', 'Half-caste' and ...

    Agard writes in this language to make people realise that he is half English and half Jamaican, and not a "half-caste". Agard uses a lot of symbolic nature in this poem to describe what the word "half-caste" means for example:- "yu mean Tchaikovsky sit down at dah plais an mix

  1. Peer reviewed

    Compare How Agard Challenges Particular Values and Ways of Thinking in Listen Mr. Oxford ...

    4 star(s)

    Agard also uses many commands, for example, "Explain yuself wha yu mean when yu say half-caste". The effect of this is to grab people's attention, but it's also asking the reader what do we mean when we say "half caste".

  2. Poetry Analysis of: Limbo, Blessing, and Half caste

    very last line, where the rhythm is broken, suggesting the completion of the dance, and the end of the narrative. From my own knowledge I know that a specific Christianity belief is that the word Limbo means a place between heaven and hell.

  1. Why did the caste system develop and how was it perpetuated?

    So one could be demoted a caste, their next life. Kharma kept people in order, by setting rules that made them live an obedient life, in order to be reincarnated into a higher class, the higher your caste was the closer you were to nirvana.

  2. Comparing Three Poems 'Half-Caste' 'Search For My Tongue' & 'Unrelated Incidents'.

    The poem is a parody of a typical British news broadcast, it is ironic the way in which Leonard has used his own dialect and spoken in the style of the commonly known news. It is obvious that Leonard is frustrated and angry at the fact that him and others

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