Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe the overall tone and themes of the poems in Bukowski's book.
Charles Bukowski's poems have tones ranging from vulgar to candid. Many of the poems have themes of regret, acceptance, and solitude. They are representative of his feelings, likes, and dislikes.
2. Which poems best reflect Chinaski's connection to generations of artists preceding him and why?
The poems that best reflect Chinaski's understand of a connection to generations of artists preceding him include "1813 - 1883," "The Lost Generation," and "Beasts Bounding Through Time." These works show passion in art and act as a rebuttal to works of authors similar to F. Scott Fitzgerald.
3. What type of conflict does "Red Mercedes" describe?
"Red Mercedes" introduces a conflict between Chinaski and a young rich man, and it appears superficial at first. When analyzed, the conflict is implicitly about class. Chinaski is a a man who does not foster the entitlement that many wealthy people have. The young man driving the Mercedes is wealthy and will remain entitled.
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