Tupac as an American Icon Essay

760 WordsNov 14, 20054 Pages
Tupac Shakur Tupac was a leading American icon because he crossed cultural, racial, and economic barriers. From the child in the suburb to the former vice president of the United States, everyone recognized Tupac's iconic status. He had many traits that would make him stand out above the rest, and that is what made him the best. His traits are routed in his name because he was named after an Inca Indian revolutionary Tupac Amaru, which means "shining serpent", and Shakur is Arabic for "thankful to God." (http://www.2paczone.com/tupac/) These are traits that he portrays in his songs. Regardless of what anybody said, he would not let any authority figure dictate the way he spoke. Tupac is considered an outlaw of mythology in today's…show more content…
He is a Dionysus and a Frontier's man in our memories. Dionysus was a Greek god of orgies and fertility which relates directly to Tupac because he loved the fast life of sex, drugs, and violence. He saw L.A. as a window of opportunity where he could make money off cuss words and spend it on virtually anything he wanted. Since he felt so at home here, he wrote To Live and Die in L.A. Tupac knew were the market was and how he could use it to expand his already large empire as a rapper. This represents the more factor, because he was not satisfied with what he had. Not being content with his status, he was driven become an actor and play roles that would seem to resemble his life, which scared some. After being shot and spending time in jail Tupac continued to lived his life on the edge and would not have it any other way. He had ambitions as a rider and knew he had all eyes on him so he just had to watch his back because he knew their were others out to get him as well as looking up to him. Tupac said this, "I believe that everything you do bad comes back to you. So everything that I do that's bad, I'm going to suffer for it. But in my heart, I believe what I'm doing... is right. So I feel like I 'm going to heaven. I think heaven is just when you sleep, you sleep with a good conscience, you don't have nightmares. Hell is when you sleep, the last thing you see is all the f*cked up things you did in your
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