A theme used in “Chicago” is a city known for its greatness it embraced so many things that the city has to offer not just for butchering, but from its importances dealing with the cross-country railroads, to the constitution sites, to prostitutes and also for harvesting of wheat. The constitution sites that are built in Chicago are enormous and worth $20 billion. Some greatest constitution sites in Chicago would be Willis Tower, John Hancock Center, and the Chicago Board of Trade.
In lines one through five Carl Sandburg capitalizes “Hog Butcher”, “Tool Maker”, and “Stacker of Wheat” as if these were names to describe what Chicago really is stands for. Sandburg also compares the city to industrial labor and people for an example it is compared to people because people are “stormy, husky, brawling” words that describe people.In lines six through nine the author starts to us “They” this adds mystery to the second stanza wonder who the word “they” refers to which is the Chicago haters. Sandburg agrees with the Chicago haters. He says yes, he does not deny that he has been with prostitutes. Also yes he has seen murders and also he has seen families that were starving. The Chicago haters might sneer but he has the opportunity to sneer back at them.
In lines ten through twelve the author admits that there are some bad things going on but he also encourages the awesomeness about Chicago. In this stanza the author taunts the the haters and asks them for a name of another city that is energetic, strong, and cunning as Chicago really is. Sandburg sees Chicago as a “a tall bold slugger set vivid against the little soft cities” this is compared to the smaller, less busy, less exciting “soft” cities. In the final line of the stanza Chicago is seen to be intense,aggressive, joyful, tough, cunning and a fierce place.In line thirteen through seventeen the author goes in more depth to describe Chicago in a series of short lines because he feels as if he did not go into details good enough the first time. The city is specified as a tough dude, this dude is toiling. The dude is building the city by himself without help or a construction hat. This stanza has the shortest lines because the author tried to compile his feelings about Chicago as tightly as he can.
In lines eighteen through twenty-two the speaker imagines the Chicago man combo as a laughter as he works. The Chicago man laughs in the face of destiny because he is not worried, he is a doer. The laughter in this stanza is not funny laughter but it deeper than that it comes from a place of deep joy and life. In this point of the poem the city become more like a person than a city.
Chicago is a strong, burly, vibrant, toiling man, made up of strong, burly, vibrant, toiling men.In line twenty-three Chicago is a city of laughter embracing its identity and takes joy in the amazing, violent, fast-paced,powerful life if the city.Chicago isn’t ashamed of its working class and identity in other words Chicago acknowledges and loves it flaws that it bring along.