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Down These Mean Streets an autobiography by Piri Thomas is about a boys journey to manhood on the mean streets of New Yorks Spanish Harlem While growing up in Harlem Piri adopted an attitude which was both hot-tempered and violent In the end this personality flaw almost cost him everything including his life Whenever Piri faced a problem he would become angry and resort to viloence There are many instances where he does this one in particular is when he is a young teenager and is going to school The teacher wouldnt let him go to the bathroom and when she grabbed his shirt to stop him from walking out of her class his shirt ripped Realizing that she had ripped his shirt he turned around and not thinking of her as a woman but as something that had to be hit he punched her in the face His quick-temper caused him to hit a woman which shows that he isnt one to think things out and then act in a peaceful manner Another example of Piris anger happened when he got into an argument with his girlfriend After a party he walked her home and they got into a verbal fight When the tensions rose and he couldnt control his anger anymore he sent his fist through a window which wound him up in the hospital The most signifficant example of Piris aggression was when he was twenty-two He and two other people were robbing a nightclub Piri was guarding the door when a cop from inside pulled his gun and shot him not thinking of consequences Piri returned fire He had shot and almost killed the police officer earning him a five to fifteen year prison sentenceEventhough it was Piris personality flaw it affected many if not all of the people around him When he chose to solve his problems through violence it affected the people that he fought and it affected his
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