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Satisfactory Essays
Topics: Poverty, Character
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Being broke – cannot afford more than a cardboard.

When Jade is saying how optimistic Aunt Bernie is even in the terrible situation they are living in she says, “Man what an optometrist.”

The conversations between Min, the narrators sister, and Jade, their cousin, shows how uneducated they are and they poverty they live it. This funny exchange also serves to show the readers their lack of intelligence.

When Saunders described Sea Oaks, the apartments where they live, it was very easy to picture and realize exactly how unsafe it was. Without telling readers it was a very poor neighborhood he portrayed it vividly by saying, “There’s an ad hoc crack house in the laundry room and last week Min found some brass knuckles in the kiddie pool.”

“Then he announces Shirts Off. We take off our flightjackets and fold them up. We take off our shirts and fold them up. Our scarves we leave on…What a stressful workplace. The minute your Cute Rating drops you’re a goner. Guest rank us as Knockout, honeypie, Adequate, or Stinker. Not that I’m complaining. At least I’m working. I’m a solid honeypie/Adequate, heading home with forty bucks cash.”
The description of Joysticks, where our main character works, brought a fantastic picture of the setting to mind.
This told us a lot of information about our main character and what he goes through on a day-to-day basis. He works at a low-income job that he doesn’t necessarily like doing in order to bring money home.

With Bernie’s comment,” Some people get everything and I got nothing. Why did that happen,” Saunders makes us see that not everyone is given the same things. Some are extremely poor and have terrible living situations, like the people in this story. We see the characters have to work at bad jobs, like the narrators strip job, in order to get money to get out and save their families from harm.

They represent a class of people who choose poverty over work. The story read as a very interesting

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