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Nothings Changed

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Introduction

NOTHINGS CHANGED By Tatamkhulu Afrika > Describe the irony in the title nothings changed. In my opinion nothings changed is a tragic and revengeful poem, which reveals the veracity of the way nothing has changed even after apartheid. The poem is set in District six, Cape Town, South Africa and was written by Tatamkhulu Afrika. A man who once witnessed the solace and recreation of district six. There is an ample of irony in the title nothings changed. District six has changed physically but in no other way. For starters in stanza one the man is walking through district six which has been evicted of the ethnic cultures and instead been inhabited by whites. ...read more.

Middle

Even after apartheid, nothing changed. Moving on the man comes across a lavishing restaurant. Through his careful choice of language, Tatamkhulu Afrika has made it obvious that the restaurant is for white people only. For example the guards at the gatepost, the fact that the restaurant is squats (doesn't belong there) and the way it has been described as "new, up-market, haute cuisine." Even though it isn't written anywhere the man still knows that this place is for whites only. He would be allowed to go in, but even if he did he knows he or any other black person wouldn't be able to afford to eat there. ...read more.

Conclusion

They were given inauspicious jobs and paid hardly enough to feed themselves. When year's later apartheid ended the black people of South Africa were alleged once again to live a peaceful life able to enjoy luxuries as they went by. Unfortunately nothing changed, there was still a major segregation amongst the black and white for instance, white people would eat at a "haute cuisine" while black people would eat at a "working mans caf�." There was also a lot of hatred amongst the black and white, and with hatred also came revenge "hands burn for a stone, a bomb to shiver down the glass." The government and laws may have changed but the attitude and mentality of the people didn't. Things are the same as when apartheid took place and that is what's so ironic in the title nothings changed. ...read more.

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