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Copy of Equal Opportunity by Jim Wong-Chu
Transcript of Copy of Equal Opportunity by Jim Wong-Chu
The historical event that the poem is referring to is the discrimination against the Chinese people. The Chinese were forced to pay a head tax upon entering Canada. In later months the Canadian government gathered Chinese citizens and put them to work on building railways across the country. After built, the Chinese were not even aloud to ride in the train where they wanted, they all had to ride only in the last two cars. "The Chinese could only ride the last two cars of the trains." It went on like this until one day there was a derailment and all but the people in the last two cars had been killed. "until a train derailed killing all those in front." After that day the Chinese were forced to ride in the front two cars. "the Chinese must ride the front two cars of the trains." It went on like this until one day there was another crash where all but the people in the front two cars had died. "until another accident claimed everyone in the back." After all the events had taken place the Canadian government decided that it would be better if the Chinese sat whereever they would like inside the train cars. "the Chinese are now aloud to sit anywhere on the train."
Voice - Voice is associated with the basic vision of a writer, their general attitude toward the world. The voice in this poem represents the sympathy the author is portraying to all the Chinese that were involved in this historical event.
Parallel Structure - Parallel structure is repetition of the same pattern of words or phrases within a sentence or passage to show that two or more ideas have the same level of importance. The parallel structure in this poem is the repetition of "the chinese erected an alter and thanked buddha".
Blank and Free Verse - Poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter. The poem has no rhyme scheme and is written in normal speech. "until a train derailed killing all those in front."
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Objective Point of View - The author tells the story, using the third person, but is limited to reporting what the characters say or do; the author does not interpret their behavior or tell us their private thoughts or feelings. In the poem no private thoughts are known and the writer writes it in third person.
Imagery - The author's use of descriptive and figurative language to create a picture in the reader's mind's eye. "until a train derailed killing all those in front." "(the chinese erect an altar and thanked buddha)"
Literary Devices (cont.)
In the poem "equal opportunity" by Jim Wong-Chu there are many apparent racial practices. These include discrimination againts the chinese race and exclusion as the chinese had a designated place to sit inside the train.