Tattoos on the heart

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Topics: Gang, Crime
“Father Greg Boyle, Endless Fogiveness”
In “Tattoos on the Heart,” by Gregory Boyle, Boyle experiences how to deal with gangs. The novel, a compelling story about gang violence and one man’s response towards giving those buried within it, tells a story of gang members working for a chance of redemption and solace. Can others be seen as fathers or even as a role models when gang life is such a large force in their lives? Through the story gangbangers that try to change themselves for the pursuit of a better future and a desire to succeed and escape gang life, Boyle tells an emotional, human story about life in the Los Angeles barrios. Boyle characteristics represent him as a father for three gang bangers: Joey Cesar, and Scrappy. While others around him resorted to violence as the only answer to gang activity, Boyle was one of the very few that used love, compassion, and the promise of a hopeful future as a tool to combat poverty and the oppressive nature of the gang members’ circumstances. The three gangbangers and their journey towards being functioning members of society embodies the qualities of Boyle as a father and mentor they never had.
Scrappy comes to see Boyle after a couple of years. Boyle got an unexpected shock when he saw Scrappy. He comes back to Boyle because he wants to change himself in a good way. He says to Boyle “I know how to sell drugs, to gangbang, shank fools in prison, but I do not know how to change the oil in the car, to park, and to wash my clothes except in the sink of a cell.” Scrappy is the one who is looking for Fr. Boyle after all these years. The fact is Boyle realized how desperate change he wants so he hired him to work for him. Even thought scrappy was killed at the end, the fact is he changed his life around Boyles company after couple of years.

Joey likes hanging out a lot and had mastered it. He applied at chuck e cheese and got hired. He went to meet Boyle and tell him that he got a job, but he was ashamed and did

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