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The short story Shame by Dick Gregory clearly shows that poverty brings many hardships as well as a great deal of shame However there are still ways to gain pride and happiness This story shows that by emulating somebody you respect even a very poor person can derive pride from small actions which the average person sees as insignificant In Shame Richard is a poor boy without a father living in the ghetto However there is a girl at school named Helene that he is in love with Unlike Richard Helene is well off wears clean clothes and is very smart in school Richard tries very hard to be like Helene He melts the ice water from the grocery so he should be able to wash his clothes for the next day of school The only reason he goes to school is for her Everyone else condemns his behavior Nobody understands that the reason why he doesnt function like everyone else was because when he gets up in the morning he doesnt have breakfast Nobody realizes that he is just another boy who wants to be recognized and seen as just a normal kid like everyone else They dont comprehend how hard he is trying to accomplish that While everybody else is having fun after school he is shining shoes just to get a little change so he could get by When the day comes that the kids pledge their fathers money to the Community Chest naturally Richard wants to match Helenes pledge However when Richard gets up to match Helenes amount the teacher becomes upset at Richard She said firstly that the money is for him and his kind and therefore if he is able to give he has no reason to be receiving relief Secondly she said that he didnt even have a daddy The story shows many different aspects in which poor people suffer and also many things that they may derive
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