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In the book The Way We Lived I recently read a story written by a coal miner in the early 20th century called Our Daily Life Is Not a Pleasant One I found this story extremely interesting because my grandfather worked in the coalmines of eastern Pennsylvania When I read this essay although the name of the author is not included I felt it could have been my grandfather speaking to me The article is about a hardworking man and his struggles trying to keep his family including his brothers afloat and the purpose of him striking In the chronicle I was immediately drawn to the imagery of the dark coalmines He makes the mines sound very hellish as they must have been by describing the mines as chambers He also uses dark colors when describing the mines I cannot really imagine the mines being any other color which adds to the images When describing his job the author states We grow old quickly One insight of growing old quickly that he mentions a couple of times is the miners asthma This is caused by the coal dust being built up in the lungs from all the time spent in the coalmines When he talks about getting miners asthma he doesnt sound like it is a bad thing but something that happens to everyone The person that wrote this essay lived in the coal-mining region all his life He sees people all around him develop this condition and probably expects the same for himself If I were the miner I would wonder why I had to work under these conditions The writer answers this by explaining how he had no other choice He first talks about how little of an education that he and all his peers had gotten and how early in life they all went to work He says how he went to work as a driver boy until he got
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