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Themes in Trash
Transcript of Themes in Trash
Poverty is a major theme in Trash. The protagonists are born into poverty and if they hadn't found an item which changed their lives, they would have been destined to be at the dump site for the rest of their life.When you're born into a place that poor it is hard to change your lifestyle and the way society treats you. As an example, Raphael states: "The dangerous bit was going to be the locker. They’d assume right away that we were thieving." . Due to their lack of cleanliness, they would instantly be looked down upon and assumed to be stealing since people would assume they couldn't afford a locker. Being born into poverty may already make people suspicious and wary which is unfair but a common occurrence in society. In the novel, Raphael stated: “a couple of kids looked at us with a kind of mean-eyed suspicion, like this was their territory – which it was.”If they stepped out of line, the kids would alert the police who would most likely assume that the boys were thieving. At a train station locker, boys in old, worn out clothes are not a common sighting.
In the novel, the last the main theme is Police corruption. This is evident in the novel in several moments at the beginning of the novel, and at the end. the way people can use money to sway people opinions and judgement is easily shown in the novel. An example of the corruption is in the sentence: "If the police think you’ve got something, they won’t stop ‘till they’ve got it from you” which is a statement from Gardo which further enforces the fact that the police are corrupt. They would go through any means necessary to have possession of an item they believe someone has. Another example is an another thing stated by Gardo later in the novel, “When the police get mean, you don’t want to be around.” This explains how even the more naive members of the village know that messing with corrupt policemen can be dangerous because they don't follow specific rules which enforce humane methods of gaining information or objects. A man was killed in interrogation in the novel because the police didn't have to be civil or humane and we instead corrupt.
Appearance vs. Reality
Appearance vs. Reality is another theme in Trash. The three protagonists in the novel, Raphael, Gardo and Rat, all have lived in the Behala dump site and are all in similar situations, having to work from a young age for money to purchase the simple necessities in life. They haven't had the privileges which are given out so easily in developed countries however even though they are in a situation most would have accepted, they continued to have hope and outsmarted policemen, the principal of their school and the social worker. An example of the boys' wit is shown in the statement "Me, the garbage boy had just lied his way out from under the noses of those clever police men. A little garbage boy had sat there shaking, saying, 'I don't have the bag', when all the time I knew exactly where it was and what was in it. The garbage boys were way ahead of the garbage police, and I had said nothing to those men". Raphael stayed silent through their interrogation and wasn't intimidated because he was a dump site boy. Even though these boys were underprivileged, forfeiting an education to work for food and water, they outsmarted qualified policemen with science and technology as an aid in their investigation as well as a police force there to support at a minutes notice. It just goes to show that appearance can be deceiving and though they looked rough an uneducated, they were smarter than the policemen,. Olivia, the social worker bought Gardo a new outfit for the visit to his 'Uncles' jail cell and he instantly looked more refined and as a child of a developed country would which is shown in this statement: "He emerged from the changing room, and he was simply no longer a Behala dump site boy". In
Appearance vs. Reality is a very important, it proves that looks can be deceiving.
Themes in Trash