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Cassandra Flynn-Rakos Italian Culture Review-Essay Verga Main Question 1.) According to Verga, poverty is inescapable; all attempts to improve one’s socio- economic status will end in defeat. Give examples from Verga’s stories that support this thesis. What factors in particular conspire against the characters to keep them down? One’s economic and social status during the late 1800’s was deemed to be set in stone. If a person was born poor they would die poor no matter how hard they worked to gain respect and money in their communities. Verga believed this to be true and his stories and their characters reflected this. He believed “poverty to be inescapable; all attempts to improve one’s socio-economic status (would) end in defeat.” This is evident in his story Nedda. Nedda is a very poor girl who loses her mother and falls in love with a man named Janu, who is also very poor, but a hard worker like Nedda. They plan to marry and become pregnant. Janu works very hard to overcome their poverty and to save money for their wedding and to build
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