What is the plot, or events in the poem "We Real Cool"?

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jjohnson112 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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I'm assuming you mean the poem "We Real Cool" by Gwendolyn Brooks.

The poem itself is quite short, which makes it seem odd to think of the poem in terms of plot or events.  However, upon closer reading, a plot does emerge.

At the beginning of the poem we have our main character(s), who believes he is "real cool."  He plays pool with his friends and believes he is highly regarded by others.  But this is the beginning of the story, and things quickly change.  The character goes from playing pool to "leaving school."  Our character is embarking on a series of poor choices which will have serious consequences.  From leaving school the character moves on to staying out late, drinking, sinning, singing, and then, the last event of the story, dying.  


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