Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Native American "Badlands"

Hey Freshman - here is an example of a blog post that connects an interpretation of the song "Badlands" with what we have learned and talked about in terms of Native Americans. There is also a comment by Mrs. Panarelli below to show you what we are looking for in terms of how you should be commenting on your classmates' posts. Now it's your turn! Read below and then post a lyric response on your own site!


 My perception of the Native American culture has changed drastically over the course of my lifetime. As a young person, I knew very little about the native people of our country. Over time, and with a great deal of research, I have come to understand that Native Americans' lives are very different from what I had once  thought. In fact, when I listen to the song, "Badlands" by Bruce Springsteen, I can make a variety of connections between the lyrics and to the lives of these indigenous people. Although I'm fairly certain that Bruce Springsteen did not have Indians in mind when he wrote the song, I do know that his sentiments can be connected to anyone who has ever had to struggle to get by in life.

When Springsteen writes, "Girl, I don't give a damn for the same old played out scenes, I don't give a damn for just the in-betweens" I think of the boy in the Frontline video that we watched in class. I specifically connect these lines with Robert, the young boy, who had a dream of being president despite the challenges that he faces everyday. Despite the poverty that surrounds him, despite the fact that his mother is an alcoholic, Robert doesn't "give a damn about his same old played out scenes". He wants to break free of his own "Badlands"  and make something of himself, even though the odds are against him. He has hope.

1 comment:

  1. Mrs. Carter, I like the connection you made to Robert's perseverance. His positive spirit was very striking. As you pointed out, he has bigger plans for himself and he finds good in the tough road that he has to take. He has a unique sense of gratitude for the challenges that have been placed in his life.

    I was struck by the lyrics "Spend your life waiting, for a moment that just don't come" as these words made me think of the people living on the reservation without hope. These are the people who can't make a living to support their families and who may not have access to good schools for their children. The next lyric is "Well, don't waste your time waiting." This message applies to those students who applied to the elite high school and those Native Americans, like Sherman Alexie, who left the reservation in search of hope and a better life. The young mother who tried out for American Idol, even though she didn't make it, was also acting rather than waiting. She at least took a chance. I like the message of choice as it's one that applies to all of us.

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