seems to be symbolizing a group of seven people at a pool hall named the “Golden Shovel” according to Brooks (1/2). “However, the number seven also could symbolize the seven deadly sins of Christianity which is: Gluttony, Greed, Pride, Lust, Wrath, Envy, and Sloth (“What are theseven deadly sins?”). The reason that a reader may believe that the number seven was put into
Render 7place to represent some religious ways would be because in the poem the words “sing sin” are mentioned (7). Those words would likely mean that the group of people would be participating in rebellious actions that their society did not agree with. Finally, the last line mentions something about dying soon and that phrase could mean several things. I analyzed the phrase for myself, and I believed the reason Brooks chose that to end the poem was to create suspense. The group could believe that they will die soon because of the disobedience of sinning within their religions. Then again, they could also die soon because of their careless actions. Either way, the group obviously had no value of life, because according to Brooks’ poem, instead of going to school they hung out at the pool hall and drunk “thin gin” (8) and during the nights instead of studying they “lurked late” (5).
Render 8Works citedBrooks, Gwendolyn. “We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks.” Poetry Foundation, Poetry Foundation, .Larrick, Nancy. On City Streets. M. Evans; distributed in Association with Lippincott, 1968.“What Are the Seven Deadly Sins?” Bibleinfo.com, -seven-deadly-sins.
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