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Lataha Waters
Professor Burnett
English 120 20810
8 Feburary 11
Newborn Thrown in Trash and Dies
Self Life Prediction by a "Newborn"
In the short story "Newborn Thrown in Trash and Dies," by John Edgar Wideman, the narrator starts off with saying, "They say you see your whole life pass in review the instant before you die. How would they know? If you die after the instant replay, you aren’t around to tell anyone anything." Considering that the person who is about to die is a newborn, she haven't been around long enough to review her life in a replay. So this newborn decided to instead of "reviewing" her life but to "predict" her life, as to how her life would've been if she did live long enough. Based on the social and enviormental aspects of her surroundings, the newborn predicted that she would've had a pretty dyfunctional life. She predicted her whole life as she was falling down the trash chute, so each floor was a different phase of her "possible" life.

First, the narrator speaks on the social surrounding of her life. She described how they people who live amongst her gambles, murder, and do other violent acts. She also says that it's "very little wealth enters this cluster of buildings." So the people in her apartment building life is at a fast pace. They don't work or make a honest living. It's as if "every man is for their own." She didn't speak of her father or any other relatives as a baby. So her father is absent and her mother is a teen mom.

However, the mother is only 19 years of age and all alone with a newborn, confused and scared her mother doesn't know what to do with her. She gave birth to her baby in a stairwell of her project home. Shortly, after giving birth she took the baby to a more wealthier apartment building called, "Gerald J. Carey Gardens," and threw her down the trash chute. According to the narrator the word "gardens" is a symbol for a green place where seeds are planted, tended, and nurtured. There had been a case...