21 de septiembre de 2017

ENTRY #8 Literary Essay. Belonging to Segregated Minorities.



Belonging to segregated minorities.

   Elton John, Sting and Bono from U2 are recognized singers who are famous not only for their unique voices but also for their commitment to human rights. These artists are extremely concerned about people who belong to segregated minorities such as sexual, religious, political or even cultural ones. Furthermore, these singers are closely related to the organization Amnesty International, which is a global movement where people campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. Besides that, the three of them have captured these issues in the lyrics of their songs and in this way, they transmit awareness and encourage people to help people who belong to segregated minorities.

   In the song "Where the streets have no names" of U2, Bono reflects how people is isolated from the rest because of their belief, religion or income. "I want to tear down the walls, which hold me inside, I want to reach out" (Lines 3, 4, and 5). In Ireland, many cities are divided according to people wealth, values and mainly belief. As a result, knowing the address of a person in this country, you are able to know these facts. He promotes to stop isolating people who differs from the rest due to the standards established by society.

   Sting, in his song "An Englishman in New York" presents a harsh life of a gay author who moved from London to New York and reports his experiences as an outcast. This author, Quentin Crips defined himself as an "alien", "I'm an alien, I'm a legal alien, I'm an Englishman in New York." (Lines 9 and 10). Moreover, he was left aside for his customs and his homosexual lifestyle, "I don't drink coffee I take tea my dear. I like my toast done on the side. And you can hear it in my accent when I talk." (Lines 1, 2 and 3) he felt like he did not belong to the American society. For this reason, he suffered and he was ignored by other people, however, he tried to be happy and himself. "It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile. Be yourself no matter what they say." (Lines 15 and 16). This lyrics reflect how people is been judged by their sexual orientation and how they are segregated.

   "All the girls love Alice" written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin represents a 16-year-old English lesbian who slept with married women, and also who was unaccepted by society. This young girl was seduced by naughty ladies, they said that they were in love with Alice but they forced her to keep the relationships as a secret due to the fact that they had husbands and their own families. "All the young girls love Alice Tender young Alice, they say If I give you my number Will you promised to call me? Wait till my husband's away." (Lines 9 to 13). Alice was found dead in the subway. "And it was only last Tuesday they found you in the subway dead." (Line 22) Once again, her sexual lifestyle set her apart from society.

   To conclude, these singers and their songs represent and reflect about the segregated minorities around the world. Differences among people make them feel like they do not belong to a group or even a place. However, the massage of these songs is transmitted and people should tolerate other people besides they have different thoughts.

·                     http://ejaf.org/ 
·                     https://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/elton-john
·                     https://www.britannica.com/biography/
·                     https://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/bono
·                     http://www.sting.com/biography
·                     https://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/sting
·                     https://www.amnesty.org/en/
·                     https://youtu.be/ea95D2VJ7OU
·                     https://youtu.be/3FsrPEUt2Dg
·                     https://youtu.be/d27gTrPPAyk

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