Rachel and her children Essay

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Rachel and her children



The first book I read was Rachel and Her Children, by Jonathan Kozol. The author created
an image in the reader’s mind of the harsh circumstances and living conditions of today’s
homeless families. Through his personal encounters and interviews with these families he
dramatizes the effects of the living conditions on the psychological and physical health
of the homeless, especially the children and pregnant women. The author thought it seemed
almost contradictory to call these people "homeless". Today’s society has the common
belief that the homeless are all alike and stereotype them as a drunken poor bum who is
too lazy to work. Yet on page 57, Mr. Allesandro, a homeless person, clearly states: "I
would do anything if I could have a decent job."

It’s not only the lives of the unemployed adults that are affected but also the lives of
their children. The stories of the lack of education afforded them, along with the
unbearable living conditions makes me wonder why such innocent people are not given a
chance in life. The author, on page 90, states "we are creating a diseased, distorted,
uneducated and malnourished generation of children who will grow into the certainty of an
unemployable adulthood." Thinking of this statement, I feel our society doesn’t realize
that the homelessness problem of the present is only going to hurt future generations. The
President seems to be giving the public the idea that government spending on the homeless
is being used the best possible way, when in truth, cities spend more money to keep the
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