The Corner

Topics: Drug addiction, Illegal drug trade, Addiction Pages: 3 (712 words) Published: April 12, 2015


Christopher D. Parrott Sc Wk 712

Dr. Bolin
Reaction Paper I
March 6,2001

Life in The Corner is a very stark and hopeless reality. With the writing style of

Tennessee Williams, David Simon and Edward Burns tell the graphic portrayal of life

basically on the streets. In doing so, they open your eyes to the conflicts that people there

consider commonplace but the rest of the world outside their isolated existence would

consider a war zone without war ever having been officially declared.

The issues at stake here are that the main characters involved in this are somewhat

of a family and I refer to the as such because they coexist in a way that people in a

“nuclear” setting do not. DeAndre’s parents do not live together and he bounces back and

forth between one home and the other because he cannot trust either of them not steal his

stash or his money that he earns from selling drugs. Both of his parents are hard-core

drug addicts which is another commonplace thing there that is accepted among the

members of The Corner. In urban America we have drug use, alcoholism and many other

deviant things but people are not accepting of them or pretend not to be.

In the winter of this story sometimes the snow will cover up the trash and make it

almost look beautiful in esoteric way. This could be almost a simile for the way a lot of

the people in this story end-up drug addicts slaves to their needs and cover it up at first.

But the track marks make it impossible after a while. The premature aging that is caused...
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