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The Night We Stole The Mounties Car

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In The Night We Stole the Mounties Car many signs of prejudice are shown. Prejudice is everywhere it is you and me. So people say there not prejudice but when they see a skinny short kid with glasses and carrying books they assumed that he is smart. Don't you? Poverty is also a big problem in this book and is shown in all aspects. The book is based in the thirties and North America was at an all time low for jobs during this time.Prejudice is all around. It's you and me, in some short of way. Not always meaning to or even noticing. Like when someone walks in with glasses and a plaid shirt you automatically think that he's smart but that in fact is being prejudice. A postal worker was late delivering his mail. Smith says" he hasn't shown up yet "(Bithwaite, 1969, pg76). As if the lowly ...view middle of the document...

"Mumble" don't know what's happened to him" suggesting clearly that he was out drunk somewhere or off in the livery barn with Ruby". Ruby being the local slut in town. Max talked about he interesting it was when a member of United was walking by a member of the Orthodox on main street they would give each other looks and walk the other way. (Braithwaite, 1969)Poverty was a thing of the past and now becoming the present. Economy was very poor in the 30's making life very difficult. Sayings like "making ends meet" were popular in that day. They rented a room in the local hotel. "Our first breakfast in the hotel dining room at the cost of 70 cents ". (Braithwaite, 1969, pg 33) Goes to show just how cheap everything was. One day Max was walking down main street when he looked into a stores window and seen this beautiful shoes. "I had ...4.95 they had cost me". (Braithwaite, 1969, pg 101) They were so poor that just to buy shoes they would have to save up. Even then it seemed like they didn't have enough. In the 30's poverty was the case for many people. Since over the summer he didn't have his normal full time job as a teacher, they couldn't afford rent so they had to rent camping equipment for the summer. (Braithwaite, 1969) Max was one of the better off people because at least he had a job and he couldn't even afford to buy the camping gear. In the book THE NIGHT WE STOLE THE MOUNTIES CAR Max says how he was lucky if he had 60 cents left for his 60 dollar check. (Braithwaite, 1969) What would they do in an emergency? Shows how poor the average person was those days.Poverty is and always will be a problem in this world. Although there are people out there with millions, there are still people dying from starvation. There's never going to be enough jobs for everyone in this world so I can't see poverty ever ending. This book is a excellent example of both of these.

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