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Compare and contrast three poems - 'You'll be Hearing from us Shortly', 'Telephone Conversation' and 'Not my Best Side'

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English Coursework Compare and contrast three poems - 'You'll be Hearing from us Shortly', 'Telephone Conversation' and 'Not my Best Side' Two main global issues affecting our society today are prejudice and stereotyping. Prejudice is to make a judgement of someone mainly because of his or her appearance or character. For example being against gay men because they are gay is prejudice. Stereotyping is when you group people and giving the same traits to all of them. An example of this is when people say 'women with blonde hair are not intelligent. Both prejudice and stereotyping are making a change in society, which is also causing wars and conflicts between countries, instead of re-uniting them. Examples of prejudice, which has been inflicting the world today, are events such as the war in Afghanistan and Israel. Wars such as these are going on because of the way they judge certain people, in their own different cultures. I feel that racism and prejudice, plays huge parts in the murder and crime which is going on the world. The three poems, two, which are by U A Fanthorpe, and one, which is by Wole Soyinka, are all about racism, stereotyping and prejudice. In 'You'll be hearing from us shortly' we see a woman in a job interview. ...read more.

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When the black man responds to the question of 'how dark are you', we can tell that the landlady isn't too happy about the situation. "THAT'S DARK, ISN'T IT?" The poet maybe uses capital letters to symbolise the landlady shouting. This would show us that she is quite angry with the black man for being too dark. We all know that it isn't the man's fault for being that dark and I feel that the landlady feels this too, but she uses it as an excuse to be cruel towards the black man. This high-pitched tone is never used for the interviewer, which would suggest that the landlady is angry and the interviewer never got angry in the conversation, as she is always totally satisfied. The black man is the victim of racism in the poem, but somehow he responds in a humorous way throughout the poem. He doesn't really seem that bothered with the landlady's racist comments. We first see this after the landlady asks how dork he is. "Like plain or milk chocolate." Here the black man is being sarcastic towards the landlady. This shows us that the black man isn't scared of being insulted, but instead shows us that the landlady is actually quite stupid, as she doesn't realise that she is being mocked. ...read more.

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Throughout the whole of the poem all the dragon is concerned about is again, looking good. "I was sorry for the bad publicity" Here the dragon acts like an actor. By saying 'bad publicity' is what you'd expect of a famous person, who is concerned about public opinion. He speaks in quite a posh accent, which could makes us believe that he is intelligent and quite well educated. What makes the dragon so different to the black man and the candidate is that he is prejudice. "A horse with deformed neck and square hoofs? Why should my victim be so Unattractive as to be inedible" The dragon is concerned with what the princess looks like. He wants to defeat an attractive princess. Again he is concerned about looks. But not for himself. This is a cutting comment towards the princess. As we know the dragon is the victim of the poem, but he acts like he is the hero. This is because he is only concerned with the less important things, although to him it is the complete opposite. Of all the victims of the poems the black man responds in the best way as he fights to defend himself, while the candidate doesn't say a word back to the interviewer after being clearly offended. U A Fanthorpe uses excellent and compelling terms of language to tackle the issue of prejudice. The first time we see this in 'You'll be hearing from us shortly' Danny Ryan 1 ...read more.

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