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Compare how 'Nothings Changed' and 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes' show us how individual are treated by the society in which they live. My main poem, Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes written by Lawrence Fengeletti is a poem about two 'grungy' bin men and an 'elegant' couple who are momentarily bought together at a traffic stoplight. My second poem, 'Nothing's changed', written by Tatamkhula Afrika, based in South Africa. It's a poem about a place called District Six in Cape Town. This area is deprived but bustling which homes mostly black people. The poem concentrates on one man who returns to District Six to find out that it is slowly being overtaken by the white minority. The poem was written after apartheid had ended but the poet felt that there is little change. Apartheid was systems controlled by the government in South Africa were people of other races were treated inferior to the whites. The two poems are similar because they both concentrate on how people are treated unfairly in society in which they live in due to the way they dress, the job they due or the colour of their skin. ...read more.

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The poet uses a metaphor at the end of the poem to make the reader think about the unfair stereotyping occurring in the poem. The metaphor that is used is, 'across that small gulf in the high seas of this democracy. This metaphor highlights the unfair and unbalanced inequality in the poem. This shows that due to the couple being richer they are more powerful this is the reality in America even though it meant to be a democracy and a land of equal opportunities for everyone. The reader is given the impression that the poet has purposely put this at the end of the poem to give the reader something to ponder on and remember the poem. The poet has purposely structured the poem to flow throughout. The poet has done this using enjambment. This makes the poetry flow simultaneously into the next stanza with no punctuation. The poem is structured in ways that describes the two groups together simultaneously rather than describe one group in one section and the other group in another section. The poet has done this to show that he does no see a difference between the two groups and that they should be classed the same and not differently and unfairly. ...read more.

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On the other hand the poet in Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes does not show his emotions through throughout the whole poem. Unlike 'Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes,' 'Nothings Changed' has been structured in sections. The poet has purposely split the different places in stanzas without ever bringing them together which illuminates the division between the blacks and the whites, whereas in Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes the structure flows more. After reading both of the poems the impact that has been created on the reader, me, is that the individual's shows in the poems are treated unfairly, stereotyped and are shown prejudice. In Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes the garbage men are shown to be inferior to the couple in the Mercedes. In the same way the blacks in Nothings changed is also portrayed to be inferior to the whites. This is not fair as all humans should be treated the same. My views, like most people are that I am saddened by these poems and it confirms to me that these situations are still occurring in our day-to-day lives. People treating other people the same as they would like to be treated is the only way to stamp this out. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ajet Durici ...read more.

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