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How do you tell a story of a boy who was raised right but turned out wrong Do you focus on key events during the course of his life or do you examine his life in sequence from birth In his compelling essay Our Time John Edgar Wideman has the responsibility of telling the story of the boy who turned out wrong The boy is Widmans younger brother and black sheep of the family Robby Wideman uses three voices and three events to tell his brother Robbys story The three voices that Wideman brings into his essay to help his readers understand why his brother went bad are the voices of his brother Robby his mother and himself The three events that Wideman mingles into his essay to help himself come to an understanding of his brother and the troubles that plagued him are the tragic death of Robbys best friend Garth the familys move to Shadyshide A predominant white neighborhood and the time of Robbys birth Why does Wideman present the three events the way he does Is he trying to single out the event that caused Robbys downfall Each event has an effect on Robby an effect that would steer him towards drugs crime and involvement in a murder that would mean a life sentence in prison Did Robby have bad luck Imagine rolling the dice and seeing snake eyes come up or landing on the chance spot on the Monopoly board and picking up that little orange card and reading Do not pass GoDo not collect two hundred dollarsGo Straight to Jail No it wasnt bad luck it started with Garths death During
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