Summary Of On The Subway By Sharon Olds

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In “On the Subway,” Sharon Olds evokes a contrast on the roles of black people and white people in society by using imagery and tone. The message of the poem is to show readers that races have a different perspective of society. The speaker is the white woman, while the audience is her thoughts. The white woman is sitting on a train while imagining that a black man is going to antagonize her just based upon how he looks. “His feet are huge, in black sneakers laced with white in a complex pattern like a set of intentional scars.” Olds is suggesting to readers that whites are meant to harm black people. For example, the KKK is known as an organization for killing black people. “We are stuck on opposite sides of the car,” insists to readers

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