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In this essay, I will be writing about two poems which are 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes' that is written by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and 'Night of the scorpion' written by Nissim Ezekiel.

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Other Cultures Assessment In this essay, I will be writing about two poems which are 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes' that is written by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and 'Night of the scorpion' written by Nissim Ezekiel. The poem, 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two beautiful People in a Mercedes,' is set early in the morning, on the highways of Downtown San Francisco, at around 9.00am. There is a couple driving to work in a Mercedes and two garbage men finishing their early mornings work, as they started at 4.00am. The poet, Lawrence Ferlinghetti is not involved in this poem as it is written in the 3rd person. He is basically describing what the differences are between the rich and poor - the rich being the cool couple in the Mercedes and the poor, the two workmen in the garbage truck. We learn early on in the poem that the couple in the Mercedes must be rich, a reason being they are driving around in a convertible Mercedes Benz. It also states that there is an "elegant couple in it," (line 9). The poem indicates to us that the couple in the Mercedes are good looking and cool. ...read more.

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I don't think that they are aiming for something high. The sentence, "looking down into an elegant open Mercedes," (lines 7 and 8), means that the garbage men are looking at what could have been theirs if they tried at school or had the brains to get a good education. The word 'elegant' in the sentence also shows that it is swanky! I also think that, "casually coifed," (line13), shows how stylish and cool the couple are, unlike the two scavengers, as you wouldn't see some garbage men with cool stylish hairstyles, as they simply haven't got the money to afford them. I believe that the words, "gargoyle Quasimodo," which is aimed at the older garbage man on line 22 gives us an idea of how ugly the man actually is and how beautiful the cool couple are, as the words 'elegant' and 'hip' are aimed at the couple in the Mercedes. The sentence on line 27, "as from a great distance," emphasizes the difference between the two couples as it shows how far apart the two sets of people are in life. "as if they were watching some oderless TV ad," (line 29), shows that the garbage men are looking at something that will never happen, it is like they are living in a dream world! ...read more.

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It also appears that their diet mainly consists of rice as the scorpion crawls from beneath a sack of rice. The peasants are also just like the father as they are very religious and good with plants as medicine. The language used throughout the poem represents these people very well as there is religious blessings and curses said from lines 18 to 27. This again shows us that these people are very religious as they say a lot of curses and blessings in aid to help the mother who has been stung by the scorpion. The poet uses a simile in line 8, which is, "The peasants came like swarms of flies." This indicates to us that the father may not have appreciated the peasants arriving as we generally associate flies to be a nuisance. The poet Nissim Ezekiel also uses very complex words in a curse like style to represent these people as very religious. In my opinion, Nissim Ezekiel is making a point of how kind- hearted and religious Asian people can be. Just because they may be poor, it doesn't mean that they don't know a thing or two about medicine, curses and blessings. I also think that she is trying to make an effort to stamp out racism using this point. I think that Nissim Ezekiel is very effective at deploying this point. ...read more.

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