Thursday, November 10, 2011
Essay on ¨Sympathy ¨ Written by Paul Laurence Dunbar.
By : Adicel Castro.
The poem sympathy written by Paul Laurence Dunbar is about freedom against oppression. Sympathy tells the emotion that a person can go through when is being deprived of their freedom to speak, be, or choose what they want for themselves. Today in the time that we are living, many people has to deal with all kind of oppression, either at work with a partner or chief; in school with a classmate or a teacher; or simply society makes them feel slighted.
Politics, economic situation, and religious status make an incredible impact in society around the world. In many countries, there are group of people who put too much pressure and used their power to enclosure the most helpless. Political oppression occurs, for example, when the government suppresses freedom of speech, demonstrations, and any movement that opposes the government. At the same time, religious oppression happens when an individual is forced to follow any kind of religion in which disagrees. Paul Laurence Dunbar shows this when he writes in the poem ´´ I know what the caged bird feels, alas. ! ´´
Anger is an automatic response to the not tolerate certain types of behavior. Today, anger is a major player in every society. People gets angry when feels betrayed, humiliated for any kind of reason, or maybe when does not feels able to solve any situation that comes out. That anger makes a person fight for what they want no matter how often falls on the road. In the poem Dunbar shows this with ´´ When he beats his bars and he would be free.! ´´
There are many great poets today. Many of them have contributed with amazing poems that have caught the attention and the desire of many persons who feels the pleasure of poetry. Dunbar reflects his talent with the poem sympathy and we can see it when he writes ´´ I know why the caged bird sings. ´´
To sum up, oppression deprives a person´s freedom filling them with an inner emptiness and instead of want to get their freedom becomes oppressors. With sympathy Paul Laurence Dunbar wants to show that a person cannot be happy or enjoys life unless has the freedom to do whatever they want without feeling judged or oppressed. I agree with the author message because a person who is oppressed can get hurt, become an unhappy person, and even can physically hurt itself.