Bob Dylan

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Dylan’s enlightenment of America In 1941, the birth of Robert Allen Zimmerman marked the beginning of a whole new era, where social and political problems were heightening and constant reminders of a Second World War were at hand. These problems were just a prelude to the events to unfold once the call for freedom was known. In the shadows of a small mining town in Minnesota was to rise one of the greatest activist’s to be involved with exposing inequalities for all of the oppressed and give people should change for the times. While Bob Dylan’s entire life contributed to the enlightenment of America, his most influential contributions were made as a product of his “Protest Period”. Dylan’s early hint of enlightenment can be traced back to his adolescent years, where he developed an understanding of the skewed perception of the times to help an entire generation break free from oppressive ideas. Throughout much of Young Bobby’s childhood, he gained a first hand account of understanding inequalities from his Jewish upbringing and the isolated orthodox ideas from his small town. Bobby’s life in the small town of Hibbling, Minnesota, was nothing close to being normal even from an early age, as his father was stricken with polio (Shelton 32). Being around his father and the vacuum called Hibbling restricted Bobby’s potential because it was always a reminder of oppression. The oppression that swelled around him seemed to have a negative impact as there were no signs of open roads. In much of his childhood he would “Run away”, in the sense he would free himself from the constant reminders of oppression as he began exploring perspectives in literature and in music (24). Through much of his adolescent years, he seemed detached from reality as he would focus on writing his own poetry and teaching himself the guitar. His parents seemed not to not embrace his decisions to be an artist because Bobby had to cling to his desires in his attempts to bring meaning to his life. Through the environment Bobby
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leaved in gave the motivation to learn to break free from oppression of the times as he was destined for greatness During Young Bobby’s childhood he listened to the music of Woody Guthrie, whose music philosophy revolved around the ordinary man who was seeking to be a part of a greater cause. Guthrie’s ideas were formative to the young poets mind as Guthrie stood up for the oppressed during this time. The ideas of would later inspire Bobby to express his visions of equality for a society that has been oppressed since the beginning. The distinction that Bobby had to understand was that the music he wanted to make could not be the same as his idols’ and he had to evolve to the problems that surrounded his generation. The following years would
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This note was uploaded on 11/03/2008 for the course ENG 1140 taught by Professor Wise during the Spring '07 term at Toledo.

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