A Christmas Memory

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“A Christmas Memory” Traits and Poverty Truman Capote the author of “A Christmas Memory” has written many novels and short stories. Capote is one of the best American writers. Although, he has written very few books he receive great success. The Truman Capote award has been established, and many authors are recipients of this award. In “A Christmas Memory” there are traits of poverty: physical characteristics of characters and settings, the different way they acquire money and what is important in the characters life. There are characteristics of characters and settings in this story. The elderly lady in the story is best friends with seven years old boy. She displays a child like behavior. [They] “are each other’s best friend and she calls [him] Buddy” (239). Also, “in addition [she has] never seen a movie, . . . eaten in a restaurant, traveled more than five miles from home, received or sent a telegram, read anything except funny papers or the Bible, worn cosmetics, wished someone harm, told a lie on purpose, [or] let a hungry dog go hungry” (242). She hasn’t experience a lot in her life. However, she enjoys making fruitcake. [Buddy] “it’s fruitcake weather” (239)! … The house that they live in is the an old house that have “a great black stove … with round table and a fireplace with two rocking chairs [placed] in front of it” (239). There are also other people that live in the house. “Other people inhabit the house; relatives and …they have power over us” (239). Many characteristics of characters and setting show traits of poverty. Second, the lady and Buddy acquire money many different ways. They have “rummage sales, [sale hand-pick] blackberries. . . [and round] up flowers for funerals and weddings” (241). They even decide to put on a “Fun and Freak show” (241). [They showed] . . . “slides of Washington and New York … [and] … a

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