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In the seventh line, Tupac describes a cop being called a hero even though the cop just killed someone without any proof of the person being a criminal. He writes, “Pull the trigger kill a nigga he’s a hero”. The police can be corrupt sometimes. If they kill someone, they might be looked at as a hero. Why would the cop be called a hero? Since this poem talks about violence and white and black people never being equal, it seems that the police have the power to do anything like shoot people and they won’t be looked at as bad guys. Since their the protectors of the country, they are always looked at as good guys and a death to them is just a boost to their good reputation.

In the fourth line, Tupac talks about how being poor and black sucks. He writes, “I’m tired of bein’ poor and, even worse, I’m black”. Why is he tired of being poor and black? Since he’s poor, he won’t gain much respect and he’s black, which doesn’t give many privileges. Living a poor lifestyle sucks since you don’t have good housing or good food. Being black sucks since you have to deal with a lot more violence and hopefully not getting arrested for no reason.

Can people change from violence? From the poem, it seems like violence won’t change anything. At first, Tupac claims he “see no changes” while talking about violence and racism in America. Then he says “We gotta start makin’ changes” asking for all this violence and racism to stop. Lastly, he says “I still see no changes”, stating the problems in America like at the start of the poem. The repetition of “change” shows that Tupac really wants this world to change, but in the end, nothing works and the violence still goes on.

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2 Comments
  1. Erald 1 month ago

    i agree with everything that u wrote i had the same poem and wrote about the same thing i also saw another changes analysis by tyler and he thinks its about poverty and racism i agree but i think its way more than just that as we both wrote on our analysis

  2. Isaiah 1 month ago

    Dear : Ivan
    I am Intrigued by your post, “Questions about “changes” by Tupac Shakur,” because you talk about this poem and a lot of the problems with society like you have been placed in his shoes, you seem to be viewing the world as him for a day. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “He writes, “Pull the trigger kill a nigga he’s a hero”. The police can be corrupt sometimes. If they kill someone, they might be looked at as a hero. Why would the cop be called a hero? ” I think this is relatable because this happens to a lot of people of color and the fact that the same thing happens to many people all around the world and even to this famous rapper says a lot about the society. Another sentence that I was interested in was: “I’m tired of bein’ poor and, even worse, I’m black”. Why is he tired of being poor and black? Since he’s poor, he won’t gain much respect and he’s black, which doesn’t give many privileges” This stood out for me because no one can really answer your questions and the way you ask them is just so interesting to read on.

    Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because i loved reading about this and how much sense was being mad during this poem and how much you seemed to connect with him is fascinating

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