This poem has a theme is that of the conversation between the “unwanted” person and the oppressed and society simple not saying a word and refusing to see what he sees (relating to the “unwanted” person). It askes a hidden question of blame, in that who is to blame for the forgotten. Is it the forgotten themselves or is society to blame for forgetting in the first place. “I stand by it hoping to be recognized, Posing first full face and then profile” (Field). This person wants desperately to be noticed and wanted in society, “But everybody passes by” (Field). No matter what this person does he is overlooked and made to feel small. Think about this, how many people on the street feel this? It’...
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...uld show society that they are leaving him behind. With the simple act of noticing him it would force society to see that they are oppressing him and forcing him to live the way that he does continuing his oppression.
Throughout this writing we have looked at the poems theme and its cultural context. Its theme being the conversation between the oppressed people and society, which leads to its cultural context being the treatment or feelings of the oppressed people throughout society. All of this is shown through how we morally respond to the claims of the “unwanted” man, with silence showing that we as society do not want to hear the cries for help from those we oppressed and that we do not even want to acknowledge that there is even any oppression happening. So as a society will we notice this “unwanted” man, or we continue on the same path and simply pass him by.
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