Through his affiliation with the smalltime gang the “Forty Thieves Juniors”, Al met the man who would foster him into dominance of gangland, Johnny Torrio. Johnny Torrio was a resourceful man, as were most mob bosses, and he wasted no time in enlisting the help of the young foot soldiers in streets of Brooklyn. Between the ages of sixteen and eighteen, Al Capone quickly climbed the ranks in Torrio’s organization known as “The Outfit”. Although dealing with prostitutes most of his teenage life, Al found his first and only love the moment he saw Mary Josephine Coughlin, whom was called Mae. She was Irish and Catholic and for this reason their marriage was a controversial and strenuous
In this essay, I will discuss how poverty, drugs, prisons and death contribute to the inescapable boundaries of suffering. The narrator—who is not named—begins the story by finding out his brother Sonny, was arrested “in a raid on an apartment downtown, for peddling and using heroin” (Baldwin 1969). Not wanting to believe it because Sonny had “always been a good boy” (Baldwin 1969), yet, deep down in his soul he was sure the city of Harlem had a firm grasp on Sonny’s life from an early age. As the narrator states “I was sure that the first time
Little Lavar or Cedric was bussed to Jefferson Middle School for talented minority students. He found friends and began to blossom and this is where his journey began. Growing up cedric has always been around unwanted circumstances. Such as the thugs, gangbangers and anyone that was typically a threat or the opposite of what Cedric’s mother wanted him to be. Making it clear that, “Reaching out to any fellow ghetto kids is an act he put in the same category as doing drugs.” (18).
Socs or greasers, everyone can relate to different themes through personal experiences. In The Outsiders by S.E Hinton, Hinton mentions different universal themes such as family, change, and loss. The Outsiders tells a story about a teenage boy who grew up as a greaser and in a neighborhood filled with trouble. His friend and him get into huge trouble, so they have to rely on each other and other gang member to get through hard times. One theme that is touched in The Outsiders is the definition of family.
Representations and Portrayals Representations within popular culture shape identities and messages audiences receive. Eugene and fellow inmate Searcy are portrayed as rehabilitated black men that made foolish decisions as youngsters. They have paid their debt to society and now know better. Eugene will try to pass on his acquired knowledge to the youth in his chess club. Only difference between Searcy and Eugene is that Eugene got released and Searcy will be in prison for life as stated in the opening scene by Searcy, “Everyday you’re out there, you’re out there for me and every other brother in here, who never going to be out there again” (Kelly & Young & Goldberger, 2014).
I finish my apprenticeship next year and I 'll be able to work.” This teenager figured out being in a gang is a bad choice, got out, and changed their lives around. They are not the only one to do so, and they serve as an example that shows, teenagers can get out and change their lives for the better. There is a number of reasons that range from simple to complex on why teenagers join gangs, and one solution is finding an answer to their specific problem before the person chooses to join. Furthermore, to help someone get out of a gang, these gang members need to be shown show there’s more out there in the world that they could do that will make a positive
“But there are also monsters in our communities, people who are willing to steal and to kill, people who disregard the rights of others” (Dean Myers 11). This is how he was seen when growing up as he would smoke weed and miss classes, when he had the huge talent of writing. That he disregarded the rights of others. Most of his books are inspired of his struggles growing up and his bad decision making. Dean Myers has crafted amazing books to show the overall theme that it doesn’t matter where you grow up, as long as you make good choices, you can aspire to do what you
Bullies, defined as future criminals. Bullies can either be clever or gullible, but from my experiences with bullies, they were mostly gullible. When I was in Grade 4, a friend named Jacob, was once my enemy. That former enemy of mine used to fight me and insult me. One time, I was enjoying reading my book “The Lightning Thief”, and out of nowhere, Jacob just takes my book and put it inside his locker.
Wayne Dyer once said, “Conflict cannot survive without your participation.” The rival gangs found in S.E. Hinton’s critically acclaimed novel, The Outsiders, the Greasers and Socs live by these terms as they face many perils considering the flame of deep hatred that separates both teenage groups. The novel is told in the perspective of 14-year-old Ponyboy, who is a part of the east side Greasers. In the novel, The Outsiders, the fault of the majority of the disaccord found in the community belongs to the Greasers. Most of the dilemmas found in the community are the Greasers’ fault as they could have avoided the Socs in the first place, avoiding all of the problems between them.
Harlem was not a friendly, rich, white town, so the fact that he chose this setting it made the reader automatically assume that these brothers did not grow up in a stable environment. The narrator described the very stereotypical gang members in Harlem being “filled with rage” and “popping off needles every time they went to the head” (Baldwin 123). Lastly, the change in the author's tone was very evident. The readers could notice when the narrator was talking about life in Harlem or Sonny’s drug abuse because it had a very bitter and cold tone. However, when Sonny was talking about his music the tone was hopeful and positive.
The American Dream has the ideal that every citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity. According to statistics over numerous years, there has been a declining number in our society due to gangs and youth violence. Gangs around the U.S have grown tremendously amongst young people. Community activists always try and fight to keep young people off the streets almost every day, but nothing has come to play permanently. With gangs being a big deal in the communities, innocent lives are being taken any chance someone gets a hold of a weapon.