Our society is built upon relationships. Most decisions people make are based on how they will affect themselves and other people. The artist “Banks” album “Goddess” is an example of the different type of relationships people have and how that affects our lives. Another theme that “Goddess” expresses is the flaws the human society possesses. The album appears to be a “love album” but Banks’ verses are in common with how society thinks. Banks also expresses how people generally act towards each other. Our relationships with ourselves and with society are aspects of the same relationship, and they unfold simultaneously. As we travel the road of self-knowledge, discovering our identity, we also ...view middle of the document...
In his essay, "Double Consciousness and the Veil", DuBois brings forth the idea of the existence of Double Consciousness, which is a recurring theme throughout every essay. Double consciousness refers to living with two identities: the "Negro" identity, with all of its distinctions, and the "American" identity forced upon the Africans when they settled in the United States. African Americans now are forced to merge these two conflicting identities. One can never truly be just an American or just “Negro”, for the social condition of the United States does not allow it. DuBois expresses the difficulties of merging identities for the African-American, particularly in a land that did not necessarily belong to them. This theme ties perfectly with the song “Brain” because it expresses someone trying to be someone who they truly aren’t. Being a “Negro” and American can be confusing in that time period. All of one’s moves have to be calculated, like Banks mentioned, because all of the distinctions that are associated with each race.
In the track “Beggin’ For a Thread” Banks describes how humans have flaws. “So, I got edges that scratch
And sometimes I don't got a filter.…But I'm so tired of eatin' all of my misspoken words” People say things they regret and make mistakes all the time. When people can’t say how they feel like they have to repress part of themselves. It’s important that people tell themselves that it’s okay to make mistakes. Banks argues that we still can be accepted in society even though we have flaws. The song “Someone New” describes personal growth, which goes coincides with the song “Beggin’ for a Thread”. “And now I am supplying you the time and space
To let you grow into the person that I know, that I know you can be.
And I can be one too.” Before we learn how to establish relationships with others we have to learn our own self worth. As members of society, we naturally want the best for ourselves.
Gilgamesh and Borderlands can be connected to these two songs. Gilgamesh is supposedly the greatest of all men. He is the fiercest of warriors ambitious, wealthy, and powerful. During his quest to learn the secret of eternal life, he instead the wisdom to strike harmony between his attributes that made him so great. Through his journey, especially with the death of Enkidu, Gilgamesh becomes a better king. Even though this story is about journeys, one of those journeys is of self discovery and worth like Bank discusses. Gilgamesh’s many journeys mirror his internal journey to become a selfless and devoted king.
Another example of personal growth is in Boarderlands. One of Anzaldua's first obstacles was coming to terms with herself. By contrasting the beginning and the end of the book, you can clearly see just how much she has progressed in understanding herself. Along her journey she used her personal experiences to develop wisdom and a greater awareness of the world around her. She has finally figured out the person she...