Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events
“Inside, he was longing for something to be a part of
The brother was ready to beg, steal, borrow, or barter”
These lines represent the thought process of Hamilton at the time, having bad experiences and essentially starting out with nothing. He begins to gain this idea of achieving something, doing good for his future, beginning to realize that in order to accomplish this, sacrifices must be made.
Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.
Comin’ up from the bottom”
Representing the difference between cultures and origins, this line explains how individuals are beginning to rise up due to their efforts, while simultaneously bringing up the values of people at that time, specifically the social classes that were beginning to change.
Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.
“Left him with nothin’ but ruined pride, something new inside
A voice saying
‘You gotta fend for yourself.’
He started retreatin’ and readin’ every treatise on the shelf”
After losing family Hamilton hits a sudden realization that he has to be his protection in this world, because there’s no one left for him. He begins to start educating himself in order to achieve his dream and to fend for himself, his outlook on life changing immensely.
The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.
“In New York, you can be a new man”
Hamilton as well as the people in the Caribbeans knew that there would be no hope if he stayed, and this line represents this opportunity that he had. That in order to achieve his dream and become something, acknowledgement of his current environment needed to thought about. This line means, “In order to be great, you must go somewhere where people learn to be great.”