Comparison of Nothing's Changed with Two Scavengers in a Truck

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Comparison of Nothing's Changed with Two Scavengers in a Truck Both poets convey strong ideas about the inherent divisions that are inherent in modern-day society. Afrika conveys his ideas by writing about racial discrimination and segregation in South Africa, informing the reader about the differences in the quality of life for Blacks and Whites. Ferlinghetti, however, decides to tackle the theme of social/wealth divide in San Francisco, U.S.A. Afrika also describes the landscape, nature and setting in much more vivid detail, using it to represent the history of District Six. Ferlinghetti, who focuses on the people who are the protagonists of …show more content…
Ferlinghetti seems to feel slightly less strongly, as he expresses his ideas in a way that is less harsh and jarring, in comparison with Afrika's use of language. Ferlinghetti conveys his ideas in a more ambiguous manner. For example, the last line of his poem: 'across the small gulf in the high seas of this democracy' could be interpreted as either Ferlinghetti showing his disapproval for a society which allows such divisions to arise, or illustrating his approval for a society which allows such diverse lifestyles to co-exist with alongside each other. However, it is clear that Ferlinghetti feels strongly about the divisions (whether in positive or negative light) that wealth can bring, as throughout the poem, he continually contrasts the two 'garbage men' and the 'beautiful people'. For example, in the first stanza, he illustrates the difference in physical height between the garbage men 'looking down' onto the people in the Mercedes, who are down below. This could demonstrate how Ferlinghetti believes that although the beautiful people are higher up in the social ladder, they are lower down in the moral standpoint of things. In the second and third stanza, Ferlinghetti contrasts their appearances; the 'casually coifed' woman with the 'gargoyle Quasimodo'. All this infers to the reader that the 'beautiful people' are very much more image-obsessed and
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