Christopher D. Parrott Sc Wk 712
Reaction Paper I
Life in The Corner is a very stark and hopeless reality. With the writing style of
Tennessee Williams, David Simon and Edward Burns tell the graphic portrayal of life
basically on the streets. In doing so, they open your eyes to the conflicts that people there
consider commonplace but the rest of the world outside their isolated existence would
consider a war zone without war ever having been officially declared.
The issues at stake here are that the main characters involved in this are somewhat
of a family and I refer to the as such because they coexist in a way that people in a
“nuclear” setting do not. DeAndre’s parents do not live together and he bounces back and
forth between one home and the other because he cannot trust either of them not steal his
stash or his money that he earns from selling drugs. Both of his parents are hard-core
drug addicts which is another commonplace thing there that is accepted among the
members of The Corner. In urban America we have drug use, alcoholism and many other
deviant things but people are not accepting of them or pretend not to be.
In the winter of this story sometimes the snow will cover up the trash and make it
almost look beautiful in esoteric way. This could be almost a simile for the way a lot of
the people in this story end-up drug addicts slaves to their needs and cover it up at first.
But the track marks make it impossible after a while. The premature aging that is caused...
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