We Real Cool By Gwendolyn Brooks

1151 WordsOct 3, 20175 Pages
To understand and describe Gwendolyn Brooks poem “We Real Cool” the reader must know what the Pronoun we represent. The reader must also free his or her mind from any type of stereotypical thinking; in fact, if the reader finds it tough to let go of the stereotype thinking, he or she will have the wrong understanding of what this poem is about, and miss a great educational prospect of how different social classes think. If the poem is read once and the words are taken at face value, the reader will be correct in thinking that this poem is about some high school dropouts who hang out at the pool hall every day, drinking, gambling, listening to raunchy music, and Chasing girls. However, the reader will not be out of the custom thinking that…show more content…
When they say, “We real cool. We” (line 1), they’re saying who they are, the cool people. When the speakers say, Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June… (2-7) They control their lives by this belief system. Just as religions and politics have different groups, so do the cool people in the poem. For example, in religion, there are Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Christians, and Muslims; in addition, in politics, there are Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Just about any group is stereotyped; for example, Catholic priest are pedophiles, Republicans starts wars, Democrats take from the rich and give to the poor, Muslims are terrorist, and Jews are rich and stingy. Musicians are cool; they are stereotyped as being drug addicts and womanizers. Athletes are cool; they are stereotyped as being arrogant/cocky and womanizers. There is an epigraph after the title that says, The Pool Players. Seven at the Golden Shovel (Sub-Title). This identifies the sect of the cool people in this poem. When the speakers say, “Left school. We” (line 2), the reader is safe to think that they did not leave school early, but they, in fact, could have dropped out of school, because school is not cool to them. The characters in the poem are pool players, they’re high school dropouts, and there are other foundations in the poem that might give the reader a hint that
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