Social Inequality Final Paper

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Jill Ross Social Inequality, CRN 3258 December 2014 A sympathetic character in a story is one you might identify with, one you care about, or one you might admire. Select two characters from this book. What aspects of their lives or situations make them sympathetic characters? How are their plights similar? How are they different? I found Ann Brash to be a very sympathetic character. She’s someone I want to see succeed because of the hard life and adversities she’s faced and overcome. She’s a survivor. Her divorce changed her life drastically, moving her rapidly from a middle class standing to poverty and causing her and her two children to become temporarily homeless. It’s obvious that Ann is a good mother and has taught her children responsibility. It speaks volumes to their dedication to her and how she raised them to be selfless. Most teenagers would not consider giving up their driver’s licenses and the freedom associated with it to help their mother save on car insurance premiums. It’s the “bleeding wound” that she can’t get to clot – paying high interest rates and not being able to make a dent in the principal. Although she defaulted on her student loans and ran up considerable debt, she seems to know what the important things are on which she needs to spend her money … things to make her children healthy and wiser. It’s unfortunate that she finally had to declare bankruptcy because she had really tried to stand on her own and make things work. She must have felt completely defeated when she took that final step. Ann’s quote at the beginning of Chapter 5 made a strong impression on me: “People who don’t call when they can’t come to work probably don’t think they’re important enough to matter.” Until I read that I would always assume that people who didn’t call in were just irresponsible. If they didn’t care enough to report their absence, perhaps

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