"The rebel" by D.J. Enright, and "Festival"" , by Kenneth Wee.

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'The Rebel' and 'Festivals'

"The Rebel" is written from a third person view. The poet is quite removed from his own poem. He cites a few situations, and is purposely adding an ironic twist to the poem, even as he is relating their behaviour in the given situations. He is also kind of stereotyping rebels, showing only one aspect of their behaviour. He is taking it as a given point that rebels almost always act the same, which is why he is alluding to this certain behaviour of theirs. The main focus of the poem is to show the difference between rebels and the other members of the general public. The poem is written with a clear point in mind to make, that is-to emphasize the need that society has for rebels, for even as the are making life
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This freedom is revealed by the situations cited, for their conditions seem quite relaxed, no one seems to be doing anything about it. Thus, this poem would probably be set in America. There is a greater accent placed on freedom there than other countries. The "Festival", on the other hand, is clearly set in Singapore, where the younger generations are greater influenced by the western world, with the western culture integrated into their daily lives. In the years between the two generations, many startling changes have come about. The advanced technology, along with the many Western influences, has totally changed the environment of which children in Singapore grow up in. Also, there is a greater emphasis on English, and many other more Western things. All these have caused a big difference in mindsets and behaviour, making contact minimal between the elders and their grandchildren in families. The setting was revealed through the big difference in cultural customs, such as the dancing and the traditional music of lion-dancers and 'us' dancing too, "But to the latest rock hits"-the clashes in thinking. An understanding of the setting is important in order to further understand the framework of the poem.

The poet of "The Rebel" feels that it is perfectly fine, even, to a certain extent,

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