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• Song based on a true story, Tupac read a newspaper article about a 12 year old girl getting pregnant and decided to make a song about it
• Tupac criticizes the low level of support from the baby's father, the government, and society
• Recession in the 1990’s, people struggled to make money, families poor
• Drugs, gangs and prostitution rates were high
• Song about child neglect and teen pregnancy
Child Neglect- the failure of caretakers to provide adequate emotional and physical care for a child. Social Change Child Neglect & Teen Pregnancy The song “Brenda’s Got a Baby” by Tupac Shakur is a very strong and powerful piece of music that reflects society. Meaning and Significance? What the Author is Trying to Convey? My Opinion? Thoughts, Ideas and Feelings the image provokes? Shakur, Tupac. "2Pac - Brenda's Got A Baby." YouTube. YouTube, 05 July 2011. Web. 23 Feb. 2013. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRWUs0KtB-I>. Tupac Shakur- Brenda's Got a Baby Questions Child Neglect- the failure of caretakers to provide adequate emotional and physical care for a child. Background Research: The meaning and significance of this piece is very important as it talks about teen pregnancy and child neglect from the 1990’s. The literal meaning of this poem is that child neglect is wrong and that every child deserves to be taken care of. This piece is very significant because it shows society how an individual goes through pregnancy with no support and shows them the lack of support for young teens in society. This song reaches out to people because it makes people realize what some people in this world go through. What the author is trying to convey in this song is that the government, family and husband of the teen need to support her so she can make good decisions rather than wrong ones. The author shows how society is corrupt and selfish because no one did anything to help out the young teen. The teenager had to find her own way to survive. She lost her job, attempted to sell drugs, and then went to prostitution because she had to pay her parents to help out the family. She was eventually murdered. Her parents did not care and showed no support for her while she was pregnant. The author is trying to send out a message that society needs to help out our youth and guide them to good and away from bad. We need to help each other out so we can reduce child neglect and teen pregnancy. I agree with the author, that the government and families of individuals should support them to reduce teen pregnancy and child neglect, to help people avoid wrong decisions such as having sex at a young age. If the society the girl lived in was different, the outcome may have been better for her and she wouldn’t have to go to drugs and risk her life. We need to help our youth so they don’t make choices or decisions that they will regret in the future. Families should not reject teens that come home pregnant, but help them so they don’t make bad decisions. In 12 year old Brenda’s case, she attempted to throw the baby away because she had no support and nowhere to go. She couldn’t provide for the child so her last option was to get rid of it. She lost her child and her life at the end. • Gives the listener mixed emotions about the situation
• The listener gets ideas of alternative endings
• Help the viewer think of what could have happened if the girl had gotten support from the family and government
• Makes the viewer think how she felt going through all this
• Builds a bunch of questions in your head about what would happen next
• The titles catchy, it grabs the readers eye
• Since it’s based on a true story, its more interesting
• Makes the reader want to make a change
• Why didn’t she go for help to someone other than family
Anthropologists: Sociologist: Psychologist: •Was Brenda religious or did she even follow a religion?
•Did Brenda ever pray or go to church?
•Do her parents follow a religion? •Did Brenda have any friends?
•What kind of environment did she live in at home?
•What was Brenda’s role in society? •What was she thinking and what was going through her head when no one helped or supported her?
•Is Brenda afraid of her parents?
•Did her husband abuse her in any sort of way?
•Did she have any suicidal thoughts?