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Elvis Presley - In The Ghetto

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Transcript of Elvis Presley - In The Ghetto

Scott Davis - In The Ghetto
Connect This Poem 's theme to your own experience
Tiffany get working on this ya nerd
Characters and speaker
1. The old man, young boy, mama, crowd, speaker is a character, new baby boy born.
The Events of this Poem.
Poetic Devices
This song makes the reader feel empathetic to the characters who are involved. The reader feels bad for the child, because of the suffering that he has to endure. The reader also feels that they should help the situation out, but are unable to. In the song, it says "As her young man dies, On a cold and gray Chicago mornin', Another little baby child is born, In the ghetto". This shows that the situation is going to continue, repeating itself. The reader feels that they will not be able to resolve the situation, and they feel hopeless. There are many emotions incorporated into this song, and the reader will feel many different things.
Morals of the story
The moral of the story is that poverty doesn't only happen in third-world countries, but it happens in first world countries like Canada and the United States as well. The song wants to teach us that we need to focus on problem that are occurring right next to us, in our own neighborhoods. We should be looking out for our fellow Canadians, and be protecting them from living a life of poverty.
It tells the story of how a hungry boy turns to violence to escape his impoverishment. As the boy dies by being shot, another baby boy is born in the ghetto and the cycle starts over.
On a cold and grey Chicago morning a poor baby boy is born, in the ghetto. His mother cries because she doesn't need another mouth to feed. As the boy grows up his hunger drives him to roam the night, to learn how to steal, and to learn how to fight. One night the boy runs away, buys a gun, and steals a car. He tries to run but he doesn't get far and he gets shot down in the street. A crowd starts to gather and his mother cries as her boy dies on the pavement. As this happens another little boy is born in the ghetto.
The rhyme scheme is Masculine.

"And his mamma cries

Cause if there's one thing that she don't need

It's another hungry mouth to feed

In the Ghetto"
2. The speaker is 3rd person,
The Character's Reactions to the Events of the Poem
What is this song trying to say about people and life?
The song is trying to say that life these days is not the same for everyone and some people are fighting anger due to lack of food.
Eg. The little Boy/Man/baby........

This song is trying to say that people these days don't all understand what others have to go through to live a happy, worry free life and the fact that there are hungry children in the world who grow up to be angry.
Emotions of the Song
Rhyme Scheme
The Poem's Theme, Connected to Society
1. Oxymoron- "Take a look at you and me,/ Are we too blind too see"
2. Metaphor- "And his hunger burns"
3. Imagery
-"As the snow flies/ On a cold and gray Chicago mornin'"
-"And a hungry little boy with a runny nose/
Plays in the streets as the cold wind blows"
When her baby boy is born at the beginning of the poem his mother cries because he is just another mouth to feed and she doesn't know how well she will able to do that. The speaker also reacts with the birth by saying that the boy will need a helping hand growing up or he'll turn into an angry young man. His audience is unwilling to help though, judging on what he says next in stanza 3, "Take a look at you and me,/Are we too blind to see,/Do we simply turn our heads/And look the other way". The little boy, who's now a young man, reacts to being hungry in a negative way and he roams the night, learns how to steal, and how to fight. The now young man takes his emotions to another negative level and because of his unmet emotional needs he buys a gun, steals a car, and tries to get away with it. As her boy dies in the street his mother cries because I am inferring that although at times the boy was a lot of extra work and effort, and in some cases he may not have been worth it, that she still loved him as a child and didn't want to see him die like this.
The song "In The Ghetto" connects to society. It does this when it tells about the man/boy in the song who lives in poverty and ends up shooting himself. In the song, this type of occurrence is ignored, and is therefore allowed to happen over and over again. In our society, there are many times when this sort of thing happens. For example, five percent of canadians live below the poverty line, and yet society has done very little to help the situation because it cares mainly about itself. The song " In The Ghetto" connects to our modern day society.
Why the Events in the Poem Occur
When her new baby is born his mother cries because she doesn't need another mouth to feed. This may have occurred because as I inferred, she doesn't have a lot of money. The little boy needs a helping hand because he's living in the ghetto, with only his mom to provide and take care of him. Also the speaker tries to inform the audience that if the boy doesn't get a helping hand then he will turn into an angry young man. Unfortunately in the poem the boy doesn't get the help he needs and turns into an angry young man. The young man's hunger quickly starts to get the best of him and he resorts to roaming in the night, stealing, and fighting to satisfy that feeling and his other unmet needs. One night because of an overwhelming amount of those feelings the young man steals a car, buys a gun, and tries to run to satisfy these feelings yet again. The young boy is then found lying on the street dying because I infer he was shot by somebody while trying to steal the car and get away with it. In addition his mother cries yet again because although she had originally thought he was an inconvenience she realized she loved him anyway.

What is the Conflict?
The conflict of the song is person vs. environment. The conflict is that the baby/boy/young man have to grow up in a hostile and poverty stricken environment, without support from his mother or family. He has to face the ghetto by himself, and it breaks him, forcing him to steal and fight to survive.
How does the poem end?
Impact of the Events of the Poem
The song ends with the troubled man buying a gun and stealing a car. He tries to escape his problems, tries to run from the ghetto, but he can't. He ends up dead on the street, with a crowd surrounding him, and his mother crying. The ghetto brought him down and, in all, killed him.
What is the Tone of the Poem
The tone of the poem is depression. In the song, the man cannot escape his terrible world, and it makes the reader feel depressed, knowing that there are people who are destined to a life of nothing but hostility, anger and sadness. In the song, it says,"The child needs a helping hand/ Or he'll grow up to be an angry young man some day". This shows that the fate of the young boy is sealed, unless he finds help, which doesn't come to him. The reader feels badly about the way that the character has to live his life, and is depressed because they are unable to help the situation, as it will only happen again and again.
The little boy being born in the poem impacts various things within it and those impacts create the story. The speaker tries to impact his audience through his speech in stanza 3, but it has little effect. Hunger has a very great impact on the now young man it drives him to do terrible things such as, roaming the night, stealing , and fighting to satisfy it. The more extreme impact of hunger and what I infer is unmet emotional needs force the boy to steal a car, to buy a gun, and to try and get away with it, just to suppress these inevitable feelings of hopelessness and depression. In the end another little boy is born in the ghetto and this will impact another group of peoples' lives in many different ways.
The "Blind Side" Connection
I can connect the song "In The Ghetto " with the movie "The Blind side". In "The Blind side" the protagonist Michael Orr was born into an environment much like the one the protagonist in "In The Ghetto" was born into. Since he was born into the same environment as the young man in "In The Ghetto" I'm sure Michael felt some of the same feelings the young man did. In fact in the movie Michael spends much time away from home to get away from the dangerous feelings that were welling up inside him. This is similar to how the young man deals with his feelings but the way Michael does it is in a much more positive way. This is but one way that the song and the movie connect.
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The End
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