Society's Child Essay

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B – Society’s Child

The text, which is an excerpt from “Society’s Child- My Autobiography” deals with the themes of saying your opinion and to stay true to yourself even though it’s hard and the racial discrimination that still occurred during the 1960’s. I shall elaborate on both of the themes and the way they’re presented.

The author of the text is the well-known musician, folksinger and writer Janis Ian who was born 1951. Janis Ian had her first hit single, “Society’s Child”, at the age of thirteen. The song is about an interracial romance forbidden by her mother and frowned upon by peers and teachers. The extract from her Autobiography shows her struggle at a concert, as she is fighting to keep on singing as some people at the concert repeatedly started chanting “Nigger lover” as she sang the song. She then runs of stage and into the restroom where she is crying and discussing with her promoter whether she should go back on stage or not. In the end she decides to stubbornly stick to her principles and walk up on stage and began to sing the song again from the top. She gathered the courage and stayed true to herself.

The topic is of universal interest. Not only because racism is something that still exists today, but also because the text represents a person with a lot of courage who can stand up for themselves and their principles –even if they’re on their own. Even though it is published in 2009 and discusses the events of the 1960’s oppression of the Afro-American, the topic is still relevant today for the majority of people in modern society. Fortunately the oppression is not as occurring today as it used to be in the 60’s, but racism is still relevant in modern society as it is.

Her aim is to enlighten and inform about the background of the song and the difficulties she has been through so that the reader can relate to her issue.
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