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2 October 2012
Analyzation of Rebellion: Good or Bad?
William Butler Yeats's poems "Easter 1916" and "The Second Coming" each portray the theme of rebellion. However, rebellion is not always heroic and these two poems clash with one another to prove this point. "Easter 1916" contains text which presents rebellion as a positive action; whereas, "The Second Coming" makes the reader believe rebellion only leads to pure chaos and disorder until the end of time. In addition, Claude McKay's poem "If We Must Die" supports the idea of rebellion as a positive, honorable movement with examples throughout the text. Tales of rebelliousness and heroism have been used throughout history to inspire and give hope of something greater. Throughout "Easter 1916", Yeats speaks of Ireland's evolution to an independent, stable, changed country. For Ireland to achieve such stability, they need rebellion. Rebellion and change go hand-in-hand in this poem because there cannot be change without some type of rebellion. Throughout this poem Yeats speaks of change in the people which ultimately leads to the Easter Rebellion. they desire a change for a better life. He says, "That woman's days were spent/In ignorant good-will,/Her nights in argument/Until her voice grew shrill" (SITE QUOTE) which implies that this woman dedicates her days and nights to fighting for Ireland's Huff 2
rights as a nation. Yeats speaks of these martyrs to inspire the people of Ireland and to show the people that they can make a difference. Change is so important to the Irish people because they continuously watch as colonies become cities and cities become united nations. The Irish finally decide to become the nation they desire to be, and they accomplish this through a rebellious stage which is very important. Moreover, Yeats continuously says, "A terrible beauty is born" (CITE HERE) throughout "Easter 1619". This quote is extremely significant because it...