What is universal theme? Universal theme is a message about life that can be portrayed by a majority of cultures across the world. Some exemplars can be revenge, sorrow, and brotherhood. The short story “Civil Peace,” the poem “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night,” and a rap made famous by the rapper Tupac Shakur entitled “Me Against the World” all share a prevalent universal theme. The theme to these influencing pieces of writing is “Never Give Up.” “Civil Peace” is a short story written by a Nigerian named Chinua Achebe. The story tells about a man named Jonathan Iwegbu and his family who has life after the Nigerian Civil War. The story shows how if you always have faith despite the consequences of your struggles, and what you’re going through it will all work out in your care in the end. A perfect example would be Jonathan Iwegbu himself. He showed that no matter what happens to someone or something if you have faith and never give up you will overcome the obstacles that stand in your way. “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” is poem written by a young poet named Dylan Thomas. Portrayed in the poem is that Dylan himself talks about how his father is dying and that he is fighting to stay alive with his entire valor. In the poem he says “Rage, rage, into the dying of the light” meaning his father is fighting with everything he’s got to try to stay alive with his son. He also repeats “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” over and over again; and what he meant was “Do Not Give up on Life That Easy, Always Strive to Stay Alive.” “Me Against the World” is an influential piece of writing/ rap song written by Tupac Shakur. The poem talks about how if all else fails, always keep your head, and “Never Give Up” then you will succeed over the conflict. Tupac is trying to convince young readers and people across the globe that if you want something “Never Give Up” to try to get it. This prominent piece of writing conveys all the elements of a...
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