Essay on The Drug Addiction By Renton And His Friends

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Despite the need for money to fund their drug addiction, Renton and his friends deliberately choose unemployment to both defy social norms and assert control of their own lives. After vowing to “lead a useful and fulfilling life as a good citizen”, Renton helps Spud to intentionally botch a job interview, an act against the normal responsibilities of an upstanding citizen. Although the government arranges job interviews for them, none of the jobs available to them would deliver them from their social class and provide them with the opportunity of a more successful life. By choosing unemployment, Renton and his friends are exercising what little control they have on their own terms. “The title comments on Thatcherite politics, locating the drug addicts of Mark Renton’s world in a socio-economic framework that explains their drug-use through the context of youth unemployment” (Blackwell 6). Blackwell further explains, “The life of drugs depends upon the same unsatisfied, never-appeased desire as all capitalist narrative: ‘because no matter how much you stash or how much you steal, you never have enough. No matter how often you go out and rob, and fuck people over, you always need to get up and do it all over again” (Blackwell 7). Renton says, “Living like this is a full time business” but rather than acquire legitimate funding for their habits, they resort to stealing. By choosing criminal and dishonest activities to acquire funds for their addiction, Renton and his friends…

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