Yummy: The Last Days Of A Southside Shorty Analysis

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“Bad” neighborhoods are defined as being characterized by “high poverty, unemployment, welfare recipients , few well-educated adults, and many crimes and gangs.” (Google Dictionary) Living and growing up in a bad neighborhood can have a devastating impact on a child’s development. The story Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty takes place in the town of Chicago where there are crimes and drug dealers. A kid named Yummy had been influenced by his town to do bad things. In the graphic novel Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, Yummy is a victim of his circumstances. To begin, Yummy is a victim because of his miserable childhood and the way he was brought up. One day during class, all the students were talking about Yummy and how…show more content…
In a book I have read called, The PACT, three young men who grew up in the streets of Newark, were faced with the temptation of the city life, pitfalls and even jail. One of the men named Sam ended up selling drugs because poverty drove him in the wrong direction. He then soon got arrested for selling drugs. This shows that even though, Yummy and Sam live in different cities, the environments they live in are similar. They are living in an environment that involves stealing, robbing, drug selling, and many other crimes. Because of the environment that Yummy and Sam are surrounded by, they were forced to make the decisions they did. Yummy and Sam, both have similar situations where they didn’t want to make wrong decisions or do bad things, but both didn’t have a choice because they are victims. Sam is a victim because if he didn’t sell drugs, he wouldn’t have money to bring back to his family. As a result, Yummy is a victim due to how the environment had changed him, from being a sweet boy who loves candy into a person who had joined a gang and started doing bad things, like shoplifting and killing. In fact, Growing Up in a Bad Neighborhood Does More Harm Than We Thought, by Justin Wolfers mentions, “It has long been clear that children from troubled neighborhoods have worse outcomes as adults. But it has been much harder to disentangle whether these neighborhoods cause the later disadvantage, or whether the hardships that lead families to bad neighborhoods are the problem.” (Wolfers) This points out that the environment children grow up in and things they see around will influence them. Living in a neighborhood that has troubled all the time will lead others to follow that same path. For example, Yummy lives in a neighborhood that is full of crimes, by seeing what others do causes Yummy to do the same. Yummy is a victim

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