Wednesday, November 16, 2011


The poem “sympathy”, written by Paul Laurence Dunbar is about freedom and oppression.
Oppression is evident in the present society in general the poor people has the concept that they do not have the capacity and resources to solve the problems and they wait for the help of the government that never solve that problems so this kind of oppression blockade their will to face oppression and when the people understand this oppression they want to be free and fight against the oppression for their dignity and proclaim the true without fear to be punished for peace and justice.

Political oppression by the government in many countries has occurred when a dictatorship rules and deprives the people from their human rights and liberties, one example of this was when in Dominican Republic many groups fought against Trujillo’s dictatorship and they were killed by this tyrant, this oppression is shown in the poem when the poet says “when his wing is bruised and his bosom sore”.

Religious oppression happens when a particular religions group is bound with the government and deprive the others religious groups from the right to profess the religion freely that has happened in many countries through the history for example in Europe the catholic church persecuted and killed people form other religious groups in the middle age. In recent time the fight between Indus and Islamics in Indian and Pakistan frontier and nowadays the conflict between Jews and Islamics in the middle orient, religious oppression is shown in the poem when the poet says. “A plea that upward to heaven”.

Economical oppression is evident in the present society some people have the majority of the riches and some do not have the necessary to live and only less than the 5 percent of the population of the world have more that the 75 percent of the riches, more than the half of the population in the word are suffering scarcity of food and almost all these people live in under developed countries that is one of the main cause that in many countries around the word they have serious problems in the nourishment of the people and in Latin America these countries have a lot of land to work to feed the poor people in every country, economical oppression is shown in the poem when the poet says “when he fain would be on the bough a swing and a pain still throbs in the old, old scars”.

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