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you have and how much someone has worked for someone else to have the best life they can provide for them. The two girls play a game where they say what they would do with a million dollars, but soon enough, it seems a million isn’t enough. The price always has to be increasing to a point where it comes above everything, including their friendship. The main purpose of this story is that materialistic things cannot be what people depend on for happiness. This story is in third person point of view, and it allows for an outside person to be looking in, and see how they view the situation. This is relevant to the story because it gives the narrator an opportunity to describe the story, and in a way that if the readers were looking at the girls lives in real life, they would see it in exactly this way. It does not give complete inside on the characters, but then again the purpose of the story is not the characters feelings, but the way they show happiness for pearls and jackets, and not solely just their friendship. These two characters are also young, and have little experience in life and the lessons it can teach you. This allows them to be more vulnerable, and believe most things people will say to them, or what they observe. Being attracting to money can lead to more problems in the future, as it could be engraved in their heads, at a young age that it should come above family and friends. This is the wrong mentality, but they are on their own most of the time, and the context of the story, and the fact their families are always working and do not have the time to teach them any better can explain their values and beliefs. The setting would be either the two girls at work in their offices, their houses, and a couple stores tells you enough. They both work to pay half of their families salaries, and then after that they either go home to sleep and eat, or browse the nearest stores in hopes of getting a new item to fulfill their happiness. 2. The story "Happy Event"; by South African writer Nadine Gordimer is to a large degree a satire about conditions existing in the writer's native country.
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Reread "Happy Event." In working through the lessons based on this story, you should have noticed an essential point revealed in the opening pages. It would be a good idea to go back now and review these questions along with the suggested responses supplied in the Appendix. When you're ready, respond to the questions that follow. a. 5 Points Explain the social satire in "Happy Event." In your response, explain what is satirized and how this satire is achieved. Make direct references to the story itself. Social satire is literature that sarcastically makes fun of social flaws, and is used to attack a society as a whole. The social satire in this story is how Ella, the white woman, has a abortion to go on a trip, but the underprivileged black woman, who solely cannot afford in any way to have a child, so she has to kill it, and it is so frowned upon by Ella. Ella, who is part of the elite white group, stereotypically frowns upon and is racist towards the black community. The satire
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  • Fall '19
  • White people, ella, Lena

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