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The

Rose That Grew From Concrete


By: Tupac Shakur

Presenta(on By:
Brianna Winn
Winn
Period 1
February 14, 2012

ArFst Biography
Born in 1971 / Died in 1996
American rapper and actor
Themes of most of his songs:
violence and hardship in inner
ciFes, racism, social problems
Mom and aunt involved in the
Black Panthers
Sold over 75 million albums
and starred in hit movies such
as Juice (1992), PoeFc JusFce
(1993), and Above the Rim
(1994)

Thesis Statement
In the poem The Rose That Grew From Concrete,
Tupac Shakur uses symbolism, personicaFon, and
paradoxes to show that people who come from
nothing can sFll succeed if they believe in
themselves.

QuesFons
What does the rose symbolize?


What does the concrete symbolize?


What does the rose growing from the
concrete symbolize?

The Rose that Grew from Concrete


Tupac Shakur

the rose that grew
Did you hear about

from a crack in the concrete?

Proving nature's law is wrong it

learned to walk without having feet.

Funny it seems, but by keeping it's dreams,

it learned to breathe fresh air.

Long live the rose that grew from concrete

when no one else ever cared.

Symbolism
DeniFon: A person, place, or thing that
stands for something other than itself
Examples:
Rose
Concrete

QuesFons:
Why a rose? What comes to mind when you think
of a rose?
Why concrete? What comes to mind when you
think of concrete?

PersonicaFon
DeniFon: When inanimate objects take on
human traits
Examples:
It learned to walk without having feet
Keeping its dreams
It learned to breathe fresh air

QuesFons:
What does the it stand for?
What are the human acFons that it performs?

Paradox
DeniFon: A contradictory statement that
actually has an element of truth

Example: Proving nature's law is wrong it
learned to walk without having feet. (Cant walk
without feet)
Meaning: You can sFll survive and succeed even
though you have no foundaFon (come from
nothing)

You can spend


minutes, hours, days,
weeks or even months
over-analyzing a
situaFon; trying to put
the pieces together,
jusFfying what
couldve, wouldve
happened . . . Or you
can just leave the
pieces on the oor
and move the fuck
on.

-Tupac