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When living in a small community where most of its inhabitants are of the same ethnic background people sometimes become short sighted They are preoccupied with having to defend themselves from other races and dont take the time to look at the world that is just outside their own One such world is portrayed in The Death of Speedy Its characters live in a little town where all they have been exposed to is people of their same culture and little else Each one deals with this in his or her way For Example Maggie the main character in the novel finds out that everything she has known to be secure has left her the main aspect of her security being Hopey Since Hopey has left it seems as though Maggies world has been turned upside down Her aunt threatening to throw her out causes her to feel insecurity because as she is quickly finding out she will have no place to call home When Speedy comes back into town she feels even more threatened by the fact that he begins to date her sister Hopey is feeling insecure as well She decides to leave home because she is seeking something she thinks she will find when she goes on tour with her banda family environment When the members of the band end up leaving her she realizes that the security that shes seeking is not with them but with Maggie Hopey is confused about who she is so she feels that she needs to seek it somewhere else Shes also the kind of person who tries to hide her insecurity by not caring about other people Shes a bit selfish and self absorbed because she cant see past her own feelings of being alone Speedy originally comes to town looking for Maggie When he meets her younger sister Esther he decides to date her instead In a way Speedy dates Esther because
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