Essay on Behind the Beautiful Forevers

1135 Words Nov 23rd, 2012 5 Pages
Brett Potter
HST 104 Section 002
Yixin Chen
27 November 2012
The Poverty of Annawadi as seen in Behind the Beautiful Forevers The city of Mumbai has seen much growth in the past years. A string of elegant hotels have been set up for travelers and high-class business men. An ever growing, top of the line airport has been built for those coming in and out of the country. From the outside, Mumbai seems to have taken a liking to being internationally integrated with the rest of world, otherwise known as globalization. This is not the case, however; as seen in Katherine Boo’s novel Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. This novel is set in a slum right next to the Mumbai International Airport called
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Abdul and his family live in Annawadi and sell scrap metal for profit. Abdul sold and bought from recyclers “For nearly all the waking hours of nearly all the years he could” (page 23). His family has done what seems impossible and has bought a parcel of land outside of the slums which would mean they would get to escape from Annawadi and its horrors. Tragically they are never able to fulfill this because of tensions with their neighbor, Fatima. Tensions between neighbors was a leading cause of why globalization didn’t touch Annawadi. The fact that people were not working together and could not get along puts a strain on Annawadi and its inhabitants. Abdul’s family faces tensions with their neighbor. As they fortify their house, Fatima becomes angered with them and a fight ensues for a long time. Fatima is pushed to the point where she burns herself alive in an attempt to frame the Huseins. Due to the corruption within the police force and the government, Abdul, his sister and his father are convicted for murdering Fatima. This corruption was a main factor is the lack of globalization as well. The corruption of the policemade the oppression of Annawadi’s people possible. Police could be bought which meant that whoever has the ability to buy the police has the ability to get rid of anyone who apposes them. Corruption such as this is a direct reason as to why Annawadi wasn’t able to

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