How Did The Parents Caught In The Devil's Bargain?

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“We are caught in the Devil’s bargain” (“Woodstock”). From the 1950s to the 1970s, America was caught in the Devil’s bargain. The bargain was judgement, the Civil Rights Movement, conformity, and the Vietnam War. The 1950s consisted of families following a social code due to the paranoia of being considered a communist. Parents faced despair as they worked hard to keep up with their neighbors. Children saw their parents conform, so they feared following the same mistakes their parents made. How did the young adults escape the Devil’s bargain? The young adults became peacemakers in hope for peace overseas and at home. They escaped conformity by turning to music, drugs and each other; they embraced their differences even though society was judging. …show more content…
However, their differences hid the fact they wanted peace for all; they focused on finding solutions. In the song “Almost Cut My Hair,” the lyrics embraced the main man “separate[ing] the wheat from the chaff.” The man was trying to separate the good from the bad. The generation caused disruption for the older generation. It was difficult for the older generation to see past the drugs, music and loud opinions. Drugs influenced the song “Woodstock”; the children of God went to Woodstock to set their souls free. Additionally, they saw death planes turn into butterflies. This reflects their hope to end the war. They strived “to get [themselves] back to the garden.” The garden meant the Garden of Eden, which was paradise. Paradise meant no war or discrimination. The negative aspects of the 1960s and 1970s were a part of “the devil’s bargain.” The new generation wanted to celebrate and make changes. “I feel myself a cog in somethin’ turning.” These lyrics represented the millions of people that celebrated life and passion. Even though many people didn’t agree with the choices, the song “Teach Your Children Well” voiced the ideas of the two, different generations embracing their differences. There was room for the two of them; they could have brought their ideas together. It won’t help to embrace the past “because the past is just a good-bye.” The past

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