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English Course work Ricky Davies 10D Other Cultures From looking closely at the two poems 'Nothings Changed' by Tatumkhulu Afrika and 'Charlotte O'Neil's song' by Fiona Farrell, it can be seen that both poems protest about the inequality of rich and poor. However it could also be suggested that 'Nothings Changed' is also protesting about racism. 'Nothings Changed' tell us of the poverty and struggle of the black people versus the distinguished lives of the whites. 'Charlotte O'Neil's song' shows a young girl servant who suffers inequality at the hands of her rich employer. This poem, unlike 'Nothings Changed', does offer some hope for the future as the girl is to move to a better life. The first poem I am going to look at is 'Nothings Changed' by Tatumkhulu Afrika. The poem shows a society where black and white and thus rich and poor are divided. In South Africa at the time this poem was written there were laws called the Apartheid system which kept black and whites apart. The area of South Africa where the poem is set is Cape Town where the blacks live in poverty, while the whites live a sophisticated life. ...read more.

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There is a 'guard' to keep unwanted black people out. Again the poet says that, 'no sign says it is' a white area but due to the inequality of the area its obvious. As the poet looks into an up market restaurant he notices the sophistication within where there is 'white...linen' and a 'single rose' on each table. In contrast we see the type of place that the blacks are supposed to eat a 'working man's caf�' that sells 'bunny chows' to be eaten from a 'plastic table's top'. The contrast here is obvious and the poet shows us this way of pointing out the inequality under the Apartheid system that was in operation at the time. In the final verse of the poem we see the angel of the poet who has suffered years of discrimination within Cape Town, South Africa. He says that he wishes he had 'a stone, a bomb, to shiver down the glass'. Here he has enough of the inequality, where the comparisons of the two situations are obvious and extremely unfair. ...read more.

Conclusion

After the second verse of the poem the tone changes as Charlotte does not seem to be able to accept her position any longer. She says that she will no longer have to be taking the bad behavior from her employer; 'I'll never say 'sir' or 'thank you ma'am and I'll never curtsey any more.' Charlotte can now be seen to have New Hope, as she is to move to a new country where she thinks she will have a better life. Charlottes shows her bitterness towards her employer in the repetition of this line 'you can open your own front door' Both poems can be seen to show inequality of rich and poor, with 'Nothing's Changed' also showing the inequality of racism. We see in the poem that there is little hope for the future as 'Nothing's Changed' in the country since the poet was a boy. The anger of the poet is made obvious as he wishes, via a metaphor, that he could destroy the Apartheid System. However, in 'Charlotte O'Neil's Song' we do see some hope for the future, as charlotte is to move to a better life. In this poem we clearly see the narrow-minded attitude of the rich employer. 1 1 Ricky Davies 10D ...read more.

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