The Rose That Grew from Concrete Analysis Essay examples

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English 110C
The Rose That Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur

Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete
Proving nature's laws wrong it learned to walk without having feet
Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams, it learned to breathe fresh air
Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared!

Analysis

Tupac Shakur was a rapper from California, known for his socially-conscious songs that concern violence, racism, and hardship. Outside of the booth, the rapper was characterized for his vocalness on those issues, as well as his personal conflicts with other artists. While Tupac Shakur is most notably known as a rapper, his poetry is also critically acclaimed.
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Nature's laws represent that, in the ghetto, you're not expected to make it out and make something good of yourself. It's the “law.” When Shakur says he learned to walk without feet, it symbolizes how he is self made, and got through the struggle on his own. While he doesn't specifically mention it, I attribute him being able to make it out of the ghetto to his education, as he was more privileged than most of the kids in his surroundings. Growing up, Shakur attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he studied poetry, music, and acting. I believe this gave him the skills to rise above his surroundings, because his art skills gave him a way to express himself, which lead to his success. Next, Shakur says, “Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams, it learned to breathe fresh air”(5-6) The dream or goal of a rose is to live, as with any plant. Also, the dreams mentioned here could serve as a double entendre. Shakur, as the rose, could be stating that he just wants to live, as thats the goal of many urban youth enduring the hardships of living in the projects. “Fresh air” in this context could be a new…