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Hill 1Aaron HillProfessor PatonEnglish 110202 February 1997 Ignorance of RealityIn the short essay Shame we learn about a young black boy Dick Gregory who learns the power of humiliation because he comes from a very poor family Innocence ends when one is stripped of the delusionthat one likes oneself greatly explains the tragic childhood of Gregoryup until the age of seven Gregory never learned ahead of time that upper-class people look down upon the poor and how others can be so full of hate and discrimination At least not as hateful towards himIgnorance on Gregorys behalf was probably the main factor for his humiliation We learned early in the story that Gregory came from a poor family Even though he was poor he did not show he was ashamed of it Although he didnt know why people turned their heads when they saw him Gregory was very proud of his money-making schemes but he didnt realize the work he was doing was very degrading Another example of Gregorys ignorance is his attitude towards the teacher Whenhe explained about his seat in the class it gave me the impression that he was very proud of it Gregory then talks about how he thought that theteacher loved him Its a shame that he didnt realize everyone felt sorry Hill 2for him
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