You're Not Cool at All Essay

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While all the other children are in school learning, and being; for the most part, obedient and civil youngsters , the seven dropouts “being cool” at the golden shovel in the story “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks do not realize the amount of damage their doing to their futures by living the lifestyles they do. The work is a condensed yet concise statement on the recklessness of youth who are like cars without brakes in the frenzy of youth. They do not anticipate an accident awaiting them in their uncontrolled life. They do whatever they perceive to be “real cool,” (1) and this nonchalant uncaring way is the latest “in” thing to do. As they take pride in declaring that they had left school and they “lurk late” (3). Throughout the poem …show more content…
Brook’s use of connotative language brings to light the negative outlook the speakers have on living within the social contract. The seven speakers are wild and unruly, they do not care for what laws or regulations are set upon them, they would not obey them regardless. The poem declares that they recently dropped out of school and therefore are not old enough to be doing any of the things there doing at the golden shovel such as “jazzing june,” (7) and “thinning gin,” (6); which could be taken to mean dancing and drinking, which isn’t all too terrible but still to adult for the speakers either way. These could also be taken to mean sex and watering down the gin to rip off customers. Brooks makes the reader wonder what the boys are doing until “late” at night or exactly what “sins” the speakers are reveling about, but either way Brooks leaves this open to allow the reader to perceive it one way or another through the language of the work which is so incorrect as to show an even greater lack of care for rules. After dropping out of school and having no respect for guidelines of any sort, this type of wording shows this perfectly. The wording of the title also brings a metaphysical layer to the story. The subtitle “Seven at The Golden Shovel,” adds to the fast and glorious way the speakers are
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