The Rage Against The Machine

1368 Words Sep 16th, 2015 6 Pages
It was a time of long hair and stealth window escapes at the midnight hour; a time of skipping class, anti-establishment sentiment spewing forth from my foul, juvenile, remorseless mouth. I was mad at the world on the grounds that I felt as though I had been dealt a lousy hand in this life. In my infinite teenage wisdom, I had convinced myself if I could not everything my way, I would set the world ablaze and watch it burn. Full of aggressive energy, anger was the emotion with which I chose to express myself. Naturally, I found fuel for the fire in a band named Rage against the Machine. Front-man Zach de la Rocha put the emotions I was experiencing into a lyrical poetic, militant, rap-core metal form. It was unlike anything I had ever …show more content…
I related to this imagery of a hopeless reality; with no decisive paths to success, yet still searching and clawing at the opportunities for a more prominent tomorrow, in the pursuit of happiness. Because I could identify with this song, I found myself wondering: who was this character Tom Joad? Was he flesh as I? Was he even a man, or was he just a ghost after all? I was Clueless and perplexed. Consequently, I took it upon my teenage self to venture out in order to discover just who he was. Though I was prepared to comb through every article necessary, a simple Google search was all the elbow grease it took to unearth the mystery: Tom Joad is the main character of a novel written by John Steinbeck, titled “The Grapes of Wrath.” I bought the book, and it was then that I branched out from raging sound waves into the quiet and meticulous world of written words. The year was 2008, and the first decade of the new millennium was drawing to a close on an unprecedentedly low point in America’s economic history. What has come to be known as The Great Recession would have led to an apocalyptic collapse of the world economy, had it not been for governmental intervention. The financial crises tattooed drastic and lasting effects on the lives of the majority of Americans; among other things, many lost their homes, savings, and their investments. Needless to say, there was an overall sense of despair
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