Literary Analysis 2007 -08

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Literary Analysis “Down These Mean Streets” by Piri Thomas By: Evan Brown The neighborhood where you grow up is what makes you who you are. You become a walking, talking, living piece of it, it’s in your blood, it’s in your mind, and it’s in your whole body. When you bleed, you bleed your hood. It shapes who you are, it’s the building blocks of who you are, and the things that happen to you change the rest. In “Down These Mean Streets,” Piri Thomas is molded by his hood from drug exposure, kid gangs and robberies as a child. The first life molding event that made Piri who he is is drugs. He witnessed drug use at a young age while in the stairs of an apartment as in chapter one. “I saw the light of a match flickering from side to side under the bottle cap. I saw the eyedropper with the shinning needle. I saw the junkies’ faces, taut, like waiting was the worst thing in the world.” (p. 5). He later on in life sells drugs and uses drugs which he becomes addicted to but stops later on in life. This early scene of drugs most likely made him curious of
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ENG 111 taught by Professor Patterson during the Fall '07 term at Miami University.

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