Analysis Of Two Scavengers In A Truck, Two Beautiful People In A Mercedes

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“Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti is a descriptive poem comparing two different, distinct pairs of people who cross paths with one another on the road. One is a pair of garbage men and the other is an elegant couple, two duos from completely different worlds coming together as equals on the roads of California. Ferlinghetti notes all differences and similarities between the two odds from the brand of car to the length of two of the men’s hair. The poem distinguishes two sides of society in a democratic world where all are equal but are not seen as equal. Ferlinghetti argues the truth of democracy by equalizing two different groups of people who might never be seen as equals by society's …show more content…
He refers to the garbage men as scavengers which is a derogatory word suggesting that the garbage workers live off the junk of other people. Ferlinghetti calls those in the Mercedes beautiful showing that in a democracy wealth equals beauty and a higher status. Right from the title, readers can pick up that the poem will be comparing two different social classes—one at the top of the rank and the other at the bottom. The title is complimentary to the pair in the flashy expensive car while it gives the garbage men a disadvantage right from the start. The title expresses what society's ideal luxurious life is supposed to be. The goal is to be successful and at the top of one's game because that success means that a person is living the beautiful side of life; while those on the other side of life are just living off the throw away items the high classes no longer need. Ferlinghetti's language in the actual poem does not express the same type of feelings towards the garbage men as the title does …show more content…
Ferlinghetti challenges this idea through his writing in "Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes." Within the poem, he allows the reader to visualize those in the Mercedes to be "odorless" and shows the garbage men "looking down" on them as if they were the ones with a lesser lifestyle. The writer goes against the mainstream views and makes it seem as if the garbage workers are the superiors to the Mercedes' passengers. In the end of it though, Ferlinghetti argues for the realness of what a democracy is by setting the two pairs as equals in a world where it seemed impossible for a couple living the American Dream to be the equivalent to those cleaning up the trash of everyone else's lives. Two sets of people from two different ends of the societal spectrum are stopped at that red light on a San Francisco morning where their differences become stopped with them, and the realness of democracy is shown even just for one

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