The Rose That Grew from Concrete Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does the theme of ambition relate to Shakur's poetry?

Much of Shakur's work is devoted to rising above one's circumstances in order to achieve dreams and goals. It is obvious by the work that Shakur grew up in extreme poverty, without a father, and no one to guide him into a productive and positive way of life. Despite these difficulties, or perhaps because of them, Shakur sought to use his talents to rise above.

2. Describe the ups and downs in the poetry. How did they affect Shakur?

The work notes a tremendous number of ups and downs. There were times when Shakur was doing well and there were many good times to be had. Other times show where the poet's life returned to its previous state, and it was those times that created the author's many nightmares.

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