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What is Poverty? Jo Goodwin-Parker analysis.

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Curtis Guyer

on 30 August 2010

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Transcript of What is Poverty? Jo Goodwin-Parker analysis.

Does Jo Goodwin Parker really know what poverty is? There is evidence to lead us to believe that Jo Goodwin-Parker was the real author of the essay, "What is Poverty", but we have certain reasons to back our claim that this is a phony author. One reason for thinking that Jo Goodwin-Parker is the legitamate author of this essay is because of her name itself. Her last name, Goodwin-Parker, is hyphenated, which could possibly mean she was divorced or kept her last name when she was married. The author of the essay describes a time when she had a husband, but he walked out on her when the going became too tough. "Mostly I remember being married. I was so young then. I am still young. For a time, we had all the things you have. There was a little house in another town, with hot water and everything. Then my husband lost his job...There were a few odd jobs for my husband, but everything went for food then, as it does now. I don't know how we lived through three years and three babies, but we did. I'll tell you something, after the last baby I destroyed my marriage. It had been a good one, but could you keep on bringing children in this dirt? Did you ever think how much it costs for any kind of birth control? I knew my husband was leaving the day he left, but there were no goodbye between us." There are couple reasons as to why we belive Jo Goodwin-Parker could be the real author of this essay. Legally, her name could be evidence of that. She also describes the story so well that it could only come from one who actually experienced the event. The reason for anonymity would be only from fear of not be accepted by the upper class of society. Imagery is an important detail to this essay. it adds the emotion and feelinogs that make
this what it truly is. Some would say," Poverty means your sick, poor, hungry, and tired."
Jo Goodwin-Parker would say...... "Poverty is staying up all night on' cold nights to watch the fire knowing one spark on the newspaper covering the walls means your sleeping child dies in flames. In summer poverty is watching gnats and flies devour your baby's tears when he cries. The screens are torn and you pay so little rent you know they will never be fixed. Poverty means insects in your food, in your nose, in your eyes, and crawling over you when you sleep. Poverty is hoping it never rains because diapers won't dry when it rains and soon you are using newspapers. " Could someone, living in a warm, cozy apartment, even think of writing that?
No, all this detail could only come from one who knew the true meaning of poverty and has lived and experienced it. To some, this essay would only be a story to scare people into working hard in life, but to the author, it is real life. No where does it say that they were ever divorced. Legally she would still share his name, but it is also an unsecure topic to base an arguement off of becuase there are mainy women who decide to keep their last name. Some would say that it is very unlikely someone would give up their anonymity without a good reason. That is why some think that Jo Goodwin-Parker is not the real author of the piece. Since it was an anonymous author, someone else could "come out of hiding" and claim it for themselves, but Goodwin-Parker did have a reason or two as to why she finally accepted the title of being the author. The author could be afraid of people finding her, taking her kids away, and seeing that what she wrote, was truth. What little pride she had left would surely be destroyed with the loss of her kids, and the encroachment of curious eyes. Although there are facts that give us a sense of assurance,
we also can believe that Jo Goodwin-Parker could be just another low life
thief who stole the work of an incredible author. The author of this graphic story says," Poverty is remembering. It is remembering quitting school in junior high because "nice" children had been so cruel about my clothes and my smell. The attendance officer came. My mother told him I was pregnant. I wasn't, but she thought that I could get a job and help out." How could someone, who hadn't even graduated junior high, write such an inspiring piece of work? It is nearly impossible for many in this class to write something of half that value! She could not have ever gone to school, or just learned it from the streets. She was stuck at home with the kids, and this is a subject that you must practice continously. People in poverty are not stupid, but how is it possible for a middle school student to write a piece of work that brings tears to people's eyes? Not only is this story well written, but it accounts for almost every
aspect one would think of when the word poverty is brought up. Is
it possible that this could be just a story? Hopefully, it is, but no one
will know. Another piece of evidence that proves this could possibly be a story, written by an ingenious author, is that the children of the author would most surely have been taken away by chlid services by now. Three kids, who rarely eat, playing with glass, using diapers that rip the skin off their body, would most surely rather choose a life away from all this suffering. Has no one discovered her? Is she so poor that the house they live in is so far away from society not even the government can find her? Everyone has their own opinons. Jo Goodwin-Parker could be a thief, or she could be a poverty stricken mother of three, with an amazing talent in writing. The evidence leads us both ways.
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