Essay about The Kitchenette Building By Gwendolyn Brooks

983 Words Apr 18th, 2016 4 Pages
Gwendolyn Brooks writes a poem called “The Kitchenette Building” which ironically is where the poem takes place. A kitchenette building is like lots of one-room apartments, where several families share a common kitchen and bathroom space. It’s mostly a crowded, stinky, run down place in which one wouldn’t find it desirable to dwell in. Brooks opens up the poem saying that we humans are of dry hours and the involuntary plan (“Kitchenette” 1). Which means to me that we live dull, unexciting lives per a plan that one has no control over, but simply has to go along with. More so a dream rather than a plan. Brooks expresses the connotation of a dream by stating, “ ‘Dream’ ” makes a giddy sound, not strong like “rent,” “feeding a wife,” “satisfying a man,” (“Kitchenette” 2-3) . In other words dreams are weak and seemingly not of this world contrasting to things like paying rent, buying groceries, and relationship issues. "Kitchenette Building" is centered on the possibility of a dream. Brooks poses the question: Amongst poverty and hardship, can a dream stand a chance of survival? “But could a dream send up through onion fumes, its white and violet, fight with fried potatoes and yesterday’s garbage ripening in the hall” (‘Kitchenette’ 4-6). Therefore, an appropriate theme for this poem is simply dreams, and the idea of one’s dreams versus the realities of life. The kitchenette is like the human mind, cramped and crowded. More than often, time and focus is spent on worrying about…

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