Evicted Chapter Summary

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Evicted, a New York Times Bestseller book written by Matthew Desmond, captured many faces of a culturally diverse population. Many parallel stories were narrated, yet each was unique and contained tremendous consequences as well as the depth of its kind. The beauty in Desmond’s writing was signified by his audacious remark, with words and sentences that provoked one’s deepest feelings. These allowed the author to develop a stronger connection with the readers as they progressed and psychologically experienced the multistage of sensations: from being awfully rejected to being openly loved, or from being wrongfully evicted to being warmly welcomed into a house. Multiple characters with distinct and rich background stories created a colorful book …show more content…
Being through many traumatic events, husband left, mother and sister died, she could not save enough money for rent that Sherrena decided to evicted her regarding the circumstances. Nicki Minaj’s verse in Fly, “Trying to forgive you for abandoning me. Praying but I think I’m still an angel away,” spoke to Arleen in an uplifting way. Sherrena received a court date on December 23, only two days before Christmas. Desmond’s writing in this chapter was undeniably more empathetic and at the same time disparaged the Milwaukee justice system. “The courthouse had been built in 1931 but made to look like it has always been there,” he wrote. The courthouse was a reminder of corruption rather than an establishment of justice. “If incarceration had come to define the lives of men from impoverished black neighborhoods, eviction was shaping the lives of women.” People with authority were all white, while the courtroom was full of black women. This image was strikingly alarming because it contributed to the idea of “black dysfunctional ghetto culture”, as Tricia Rose had labeled such in her book. Black women’s role in a single-female household was considered a mutation of the society, meaning they would pass on the immoral values, creating this perpetual assumption of dysfunctionality. Arleen, however, without question was the opposite of a person without moral values. “A sea full of sharks and they all smell blood. They start coming and I start rising.” If other tenants would have spoken up about the “broken window, the sporadic hot water”, Arleen denied to bring these up as it went against her moral value. As a tenant, she acknowledged that Sherrena was just doing her job and argued about the little things was not worth the trade of morality. Nicki Minaj and Arleen shared similar characteristic of a public rectitude,

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