Random Acts of Senseless Violence Essay

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Aspen Silverberg
3/15/11
Arber
English 214

Random Acts of Foreshadowing

In today’s modern American society, unemployment rates soar at an all time high. America faces a recession the likes of which haven’t been seen since the early 1930’s during a little stint known as the Great Depression. There are many who feel that the current recession will have a huge impact on the success of the future for America as a world super power, that the potential America once had to be an everlasting force is coming to a close. Jack Womack illustrates in the novel Random Acts of Senseless Violence the possible dystopian outcome America is headed for. Womack uses the novel as a platform to express what he feels is the impending fate of major cities in America by making strong correlations between the futuristic society and the current one, showing the negative changes happening within the inner city and their effect on a young girl, and the dilemma facing the characters as they struggle to survive while maintaining their humanity.

At this point in time, America is in a downward spiral that could very well lead to a similar dystopia as described in the novel. The society in futuristic America is crumbling under the weight of an undisclosed depression, much like today, although Womack never cites a specific incidence as a cause for the deterioration. In the novel, Lola, a 12-year-old girl of a successful family, is forced to move into the inner city when her parents cannot find work. Then, like now, unemployment is proving to be a growing problem, even for those in society who are intellectual and educated, like Lola’s parents. Whereas today’s government is getting back on its feet from an eight-year hiatus during the beginning of the 21st century, the government in the novel, much like the society itself, is starting to wane. Furthermore, Womack paints a vivid image of the inner city as a rundown, shantytown of sorts, something that could be imminent for America’s...
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