The Role Of Poverty In Battle Mountain

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The definition of poverty is the state of being extremely poor. The Walls family fit that definition to the T. In Battle Mountain, they had no money for furniture so they had to improvise. “We kids each slept in a big cardboard box.” (Walls 52) Even though they were sleeping in cardboard boxes, they still liked going to bed in them because it made it seem like an adventure. The family always had very little to nothing in the house to eat. One day Lori and Jeannette both mixed margarine with sugar and ate it. Lori described it as frosting but Jeannette thought that it didn’t taste like frosting but “was sort of crunchy” and “greasy and left a filmy coat.” But of course because she was hungry, she ate it all anyway. (Walls 68) Whenever the family

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