Appreciation From Son To Mother In Tupac Shakur's Song, Dear Mama

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Throughout the emotional lyrics of Tupac Shakur’s song “Dear Mama”, he constantly reveals trial and tribulation. Shakur sympathetically expresses the obstacles he endures due to the undying support of his mother who displays sacrificial love. He explains the abnormal circumstances in which his family undergoes such as poverty, single parenting, and even feelings of hopelessness. Shakur characterizes his mother as a heroic figure, who outshines the negative aspects of his life by providing the essentials only a mother could both physically and morally instill in her child. The artist brilliantly captivates his audience by revealing personal information from his childhood in which many can relate to.
Tupac Shakur among very few artists has lyrically display admiration for his mother. Artists such as Boyz II Men, Gyptian, and Richie Spice have also affectionately dedicated lyrical tribute to their mothers. In contrast, songwriter Shirley Caesar wrote a song which begins with a brief dialogue, regarding a young man charging his mother for a few chores in which he completed. The mother deliberately illustrates her love, calculating the total cost of her devotion as priceless. There is a great distinction between the young man’s unappreciative demeanor in Shirley Caesar’s song “No Charge” and Shakur’s honorable acknowledgement in his song “Dear Mama”.

From beginning to end, Shakur lyrically unfolds sincere gratitude toward his mother. In fact, in the very first line he strongly emphasizes “You are appreciated”, highlighting the theme “appreciation”. The artist repetitively quotes this line throughout the song to effectively remind his listeners of his gratefulness to have a valuable mother. In the first verse of the song, Shakur informs the audience of a pessimistic aspect of his life, where he is “thrown out” of the house. Yet, he still yearns to see his mother and shows a nostalgic attitude toward the situation. Despite the...

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