The Rose Grew From A Crack In The Concrete Analysis

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Tupac Shakur’s poem is similar to James McBride’s passage because they both discuss the harsh conditions for black males in New York City. In the beginning of the poem, Shakur describes a “rose” growing from a harsher environment than where it’s supposed to grow in. The “rose” grew from a “crack in the concrete” which was “Proving nature’s law is wrong it/learned to walk without having feet” (Shakur 2-4). Concrete is shown in Shakur’s poem as the numerous difficulties that many black males have to face if they live in New York City. By using this symbol, the audience understands how unlikely a “rose” can pass through, yet it can be done with hard work and dedication. Towards the end of McBride’s passage, he reveals the statistics of black males

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