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Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes and Nothing's Changed

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Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes and Nothing's Changed Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes (Lawrence Ferlinghetti) and Nothing's Changed (Tatamkhulu Afrika) The American Constitution clearly states that all men are created equally and should have exactly the Very Same opportunities as each other. However, Ferlinghetti considers this isn't true. In his observation he sees the garbagemen or 'scavengers' tired and weary in their route, working hard but in unavoidable poverty. Also utilizing a word like scavengers he compares the garbagemen to rodents scrounging a living in the base of society. He then sees the 'tasteful' couple in an 'tasteful' Mercedes, loving their life, not a care in the world, both smart and wealthy. The girl 'so casually coifed' along with the man in 'a stylish three piece suit' who, have both profited from the inequality of the American Constitution, taking it easy in their heavenly life. Ferlinghetti knows the unfairness of the Constitution but knows deep down that it cannot change and will never change. In the poem Ferlinghetti makes many contrasts between the scavengers and the elegant couple. The title shows us straight away that the poem will be about the contrasts between two pairs of individuals. 'Scavengers' is a derogatory term for the garbagemen since it suggests that they live off the rubbish of others - a scavenger beetle lives off rotting flesh. However, 'Beautiful People' is a compliment. So, right from the start, we feel the garbagemen are at a disadvantage. Ferlinghetti also chose these words to describe their different classes, as they are strong indications of who they are and what they do for a living. Scavenger impl...

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