We And Sing Sin Gwendolyn Brooks Analysis

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The research of a person's identity is a theme that humanity has dealt with since its earlier days. The importance of knowing who we are and where our life is going has been underlained by every culture since the most ancient civilizations and it is a theme that has been developed through the centuries by many writers and in many books and poems. The necessity of understanding what makes us take certain choices instead of others has been one of central themes of philosophy since its earlier days, and even though many different ways to fulfill it have been proposed, only on one thing has always agreed on: it is a path everyone have to follow alone. In many of her works Gwendolyn Brooks addresses the necessity of looking for and finding ourselves,…show more content…
Reading these sentences the reader's bad opinion about the players gets worse because he starts seeing them as slackers that in addition to not going to school do not have the slightest intention to get a job. The sentence "We / Sing sin" (6­7) contribute in giving the idea of those young men being content in what they are doing, proud of singing the praise of something they should be ashamed of. Gary Smith, however, describes as the "most suggestive sentence in the poem" "We / Jazz June" (8­9), because "among its many meanings, the word "Jazz" connotes meaningless or empty talk and sexual intercourse. If the latter meaning is applied to the poem, "June" becomes a female or perhaps the summer of life whom the personae routinely seduce or rape" (49). These lines become therefore a decreasing climax symbolizing a decay in the expectations the reader has on the players. Because if before "the element of bravado in the diction and rhythm has made the activities of the street people seem somehow defensible, if not downright desirable" and "a certain pride in being outside the conventions, institutions, and

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