Hamilton: An American Musical Analysis

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Hamilton: An American Musical is a musical play by Lin-Manuel Miranda based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers, as depicted in the book ‘Alexander Hamilton’ written by Ron Chernow. This musical has been critically acclaimed not only for its impactful lyrics and catchy music, but also for its depiction of early American politics and the historical changes brought by Alexander Hamilton. The historical aspect of Hamilton was shown clearly and entertainingly: each major event and war won and lost was shown, making you feel as if you were living back during their times; it even fires you up and makes you want to cheer for Hamilton’s success. In terms of politics, the latter act of the play focused on Hamilton’s …show more content…
Inspired by true events, the musical depicted scenes of the political situation back then. We all know that politics is not completely honest. Sometimes, politics is won through influence and the power of someone rich or someone having a higher position. In “Cabinet Battle #2” and “Washington By Your Side”, Jefferson accuses Hamilton of always being agreed to in debates because Washington seems to favor Hamilton more (“Enough, Hamilton is right”), as shown in the support he gives (“You’re nothing without Washington behind you” and “It must be nice to have Washington by your side”). Washington’s influence, being the president, gives him the biggest power which Hamilton benefits from. If it weren’t for Washington’s support, Jefferson and Madison would have overpowered them. Another instance is in the “Election of 1800” where Hamilton was asked who he would vote for for president— either Jefferson or Burr. In the lines, “You need to change course, a key endorsement might redeem you”, Madison suggests that maybe Jefferson needs the support from someone important, meaning he knows how important it is to be backed-up by someone important because it sways the opinion of the people. Hamilton is well-respected by the people, given his proven status and intellect. Because of Hamilton’s influence, instead of having a tie like in the Electoral College vote, as mentioned before Hamilton’s opinion, Jefferson won by a landslide. …show more content…
Historically, just like the United States, the Philippines had also been colonized before—three times even, by the Spanish, Japanese, and even the Americans themselves. In this context, I will focus on the Spanish colonization. The Philippines had long fought for freedom against the Spaniards, the first oppressors who stayed for more than three hundred years in Philippine land. Just like in the historical events of the United States, the Philippines also held a revolution to obtain freedom from these oppressors. If Americans fought for freedom from the British and their unjust taxing, the Philippines too had fought numerous wars to eliminate Spanish settlement in the Philippines because of their cruel treatment of the Filipinos. The Filipinos, too, had experienced colonizers trying to control them and exploit them for more money for their own country, just like what King George does to

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