“The Lesson” is a story within a story

After reading “A Conversation About Bread,” I have thought about how many stories have other stories within them. “The Lesson” does not conventionally convey a story within a story, but I think that it has a deeper meaning. In my opinion, the story in the passage is about the inequality within the United State’s economy. It describes a poor neighborhood that discusses the rich lifestyle. I think that the whole story is meant to symbolize the result of corrupted capitalism. The entire story is the story within a story. The text reads, “Thirty-five dollars would pay for the rent and the piano bill too. Who are these people that spend that much for performing clowns and $1000 for toy sailboats?” (114). I think this quotation shows how these kids can’t even comprehend a lifestyle in which money isn’t a problem. I think the writer shows us this field trip because it is just an example for how impoverished colored children think about the rest of the world being unfair.

Does The Drug Usage in “Escape From Spiderhead” Mean Something More?

Sorry I posted on monday, but I guess I did it wrong so here’s mine now.

The usage of drugs is a huge part in the story “Escape From Spiderhead.” Jeff’s feelings and emotions are toyed with throughout the story with these drugs. They use these drugs to make the test subjects fall in love with each other while then seeing if there is a connection after. I think this usage of drugs could be an analogy for drug usage in real life. The love from the drug was described as “This mind-scenery phenomenon was strongest during our thid bout of lovemaking. (Apparently, Abnesti had included some Vivistif in my drip)” (50). Love is supposed to be this mysterious thing that can’t be explained, yet in this story a mere drug can make him and the others feel this. I think the author wanted to show how drugs can make people feel things that aren’t real. Drugs shouldn’t be used to feel things that one doesn’t feel in real life.