Dissect The Effects Of Violence In Ballad Of Birmingham, By Dudley Randall

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Being able to dissect the effects of violence on earth is crucial. There are many elements surrounding what occurs in our everyday lives. The poem, “Ballad of Birmingham”, by Dudley Randall, is based on the bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. Additionally, the speech, “Oklahoma bombing Memorial Prayer Service Address”, given by Bill Clinton, was given after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. While both of the texts express themes of innocence and violence, they differentiate in their specific purpose through the poem highlighting themes of a mother’s protection and the speech expressing themes of overcoming evil. The world is imperfect, therefore allowing violence to come upon the innocent. Most people would say that a person is most innocent at a younger age. Children are simplistic; meaning that they lack in knowledge of spoiling topics. One of those topics being violence and even how violence is used upon blameless people. The poem, “Ballad of Birmingham”, really extracts the notion of how despairing it is that children are robbed of their innocence. Especially through acts of violence against them. This is shown in the following excerpt, “bathed in petal sweet, / And drawn white gloves on her small brown hands / And white shoes on her feet…/ mother smiled to know her child was in a sacred place / The mother…heard the explosion / She raced through the streets of Birmingham / Calling for her child.” This implies the innocent character traits of a child as

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