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Alcohol probably the oldest drug known has been used since the earliest of societies for celebration rituals and other social situations In the early 1920s society viewed alcohol as more of a social problem The 18th amendment was passed to outlaw the consumption sale or trade of alcohol This action caused much more delinquency as a result of gangsters and other organized crimes against the government Prohibition was abolished with the 21st amendment in 1933 The poem The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me was written only a few years after prohibition and reflects the true nature of alcoholism Although alcoholism was still frowned upon in this era Schwartz uses a bear to expose and reflect the true nature of alcoholism In the last stanza The secret life of belly and bone shows that Schwartz feels that alcoholism is still unacceptable behavior Schwartz uses physical emotional and psychological aspects of a bear to explain the nature of alcoholismSchwartz gives the bear human characteristics that would be true of an alcoholic Clumsy and lumbering here and there and In love with candy anger and sleep Much like bears people who are alcoholics may experience a great deal of difficulty keeping hisher balance or controlling their emotions Schwartz furthers this metaphor of an alcoholic by showing a physical dependence Trembles and shows the darkness beneath Due to withdrawal an alcoholic may wake up in the morning with tremors and distress that require a drink for relief The bear is also eager to engulf his physical need as shown in the line A manifold honey to smear on his face This strong need for alcohol outweighs what a person knows and understands about the effect on the body Schwartz conveys to his readers that alcoholism is an inevitable burden He tells us the bear is That inescapable animal walks with me Moves where I move distorting my gesture It is apparent that Schwartz feels that
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