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The Prison

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Rachel Guerrero

on 26 July 2014

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Transcript of The Prison

Author Purpose
The authors purpose is to entertain the readers as well as to make a social critique. He show us the situation of many immigrants, in this case Italians, who aren’t able to find the American dream and thus pursue that dream through criminal activities. Through the actions of the girl and Tony’s experiences he gives the reader a lesson of never attempting to do something illegal.
Genre
Naturalistic literature

A literary movement that replicate a believable
everyday reality
Themes
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Suffering
: can be seen in Tony’s life because he was force to live a life that he didn’t want, which was boring and uneventful.
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Disrespect
: It can be seen in the way the girl acts toward Tony, even though she is helping her.
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Deceiving appearances
:
• Tony appears to be a simple candy shop clerk but his past was field of criminal activities.
• The little girl looks like an innocent child yet she robs in the candy shop.
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Crime
: the entire story revolves in illicit activities and their consequences.

Setting
The Candy Shop in Prince Street, The Village.
Plot Summary
Tommy Castelli’s prison is the candy store in which he has worked for a decade. Renamed Tony by his wife, Rosa, who disliked his original name , Tommy was born and raised near this store. He dreamed of escaping from the tenement in which he was brought up, but by the time he was sixteen he had dropped out of a vocational school. Seeing little promise for his future, Tommy began running with a gang. Their resources were derived from shady dealings, among which was a liquor store holdup.
Meanwhile, Tommy’s father arranged for him to marry Rosa Agnelli, whose father agreed to bankroll a small candy store in Greenwich Village for the newlyweds.His father’s marriage plans materialized, however, largely because Tommy failed to object.
One day, a ten-year old girl came into the store asking for tissue paper for her mother. As Tony went to the back, he saw the girl reach around the counter and steal some of his chocolate bars. It angered him, knowing that the girl was starting down the wrong path. He wanted to indirectly tell the girl to stop, because Tony had first hand experience with these situations . One day, Tony was sleeping upstairs when he heard commotion coming from the store. He raced downstairs to find that Rosa had caught the girl stealing the candy and was holding her by the arm. Tony struck Rosa, demanding her to let the girl go. The girl's mother came into the store to take the girl away, the girl sticking her tongue out as she leaves.
Character Analysis
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Tommy Castelli’s
: Store owner, main character of story, tries to convince girl not to take candy. The title represents his life because he was married to a person he didn’t like and force to work in a job he didn’t enjoy.
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Rosa
: Tommy's wife whom she marries in an arrangement his father did. Runs store with Tommy. She catches the little girl taking the candy.
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Little girl
: Ten years old, came in every Monday for red and yellow tissue paper, stole Tommy's candy. She is the antagonist for stealing the Candy. She resembles Tony past. She pretends to be innocent but in reality she wasn’t.
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Girl's Mom
: Ashamed of her daughter, strikes her in the store, carries her home.

Symbolism
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Candies
: The candies represent the sweet life which is what tony was trying to achieve.
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Mirrors
: The mirrors shows the truth behind the characters.
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Little girl
: Symbolizes Tommy's life and how he used to do bad things as a child.

The Prison(1950)
by: Bernard Malamud

Rachel Guerrero
Jennifer Fernandes

Point of View
This story contains multiple morals of the story:

• We should be careful with the illegal things
because it will never guide us to the right way or a good end
• We must be respectful to those older than us because they have more experience about life so they could be the perfect candidate to teach us.
• We must not judge someone for his appearance because we are not able to see what they hide.
• We must pay attention to people because they can be taking advantage of you.
• We should try to protect anyone from committing our mistakes.
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