Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.
“There’s a million things I havent done, but just you wait, just you wait.”
Hamilton’s ideas eventually shifted the results of the revolutionary war. His attitude of “It hasn’t been done yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do it was a huge driving force that contributed to the colonist’s success.”
Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.
“Another immigrant comin’ up from the bottom, his enemies destroyed his rep, America forgot him”
Alexander Hamilton was born into a difficult situation and he brought some of that internal conflict with him to New York. Hamilton dealt with scorn from many people in his time, such as John Adams, because of his background.
Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.
“The world will never be the same.”
The identity of an American has changed over time. When the colonists won the revolutionary war they created the idea of being an American citizen.
Additionally, when Lin Manuel-Miranda wrote and casted Hamilton, he wanted the cast to reflect what Americans look like nowadays, which is one of the reasons that the play is so revolutionary. Characters like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Angelica Schuyler and more are played by people of colour, which historically was not the case.
The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.
“Then a hurricane came, and devastation reigned, our man saw his future drip dripping down the drain. Put a pencil to his temple connected it to his brain and he wrote his first refrain a testament to his pain.”
Hamilton went through trauma as a child multiple times, and rather than letting it kill him, he transformed his pain into writings to do something about it. He wrote his way out of and in to many different situations that ended up being ridiculously significant.