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Compare how peoples reactions to poverty are treated in Pieces Of Silver and Red Ball

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Compare how people's reactions to poverty are treated in "Pieces Of Silver" and "Red Ball" In both stories poverty and the reactions to this are a big issue. In both stories it is not mention that the families are poor outright, but we realise this slowly through descriptions and the story line. In "Pieces of silver" they describe the boys with "naked feet", implying that their families do not have enough money to worry about such comforts as shoes. In "Red Ball" the writer is always making reference to Bolan's shape and weight "Thinny Boney" and "long thin legs". We immediately assume that he is under fed, which proves to be the point later on in the story. ...read more.


Also Bolan's father pretends to his friends back in Tunapuna that he is doing well in business "making tree dollars a day". Likewise both boys come from very poor families. And understandably the fathers of these families are very attached to their money. Clement is reluctant to ask his father for money because he knows that "in parting with money, his father is a far harder nut to crack". Bolan is whipped by his father for having stolen the savings, not, we assume, as he says because he does not like thieves, but because he was hoping to spend it on cigarettes and rum. Similarly both fathers resented the rich people. ...read more.


In the "Red Ball" the segragation of poor and rich is even more apparent as there are big fences that separate the two sides "tall iron rails". In "The Red Ball" the mother accepts that they are poor and tries to look on the bright side, whereas the father gets very depressed, drinks to forget his worries and realises they're even worse because he has spent all his money on alcohol. Evelina we learn had had to drop out of school, we assume, to help support her family as they could not afford her education "I was took from school". We sense that she regrets being taken from school, but tries to not show it so as not to add more misery to her family than what they are already having to deal with. ...read more.

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