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message 1: by Joyce (new)

Joyce (joyceann17) | 47 comments Mod
The narrator went to some pretty extreme lengths in this story to dispose of a mattress. How did you feel about his neighbors' reactions? Did they seem justified? I think it maybe it was the buildup of generations of racism, his symbolic act was too little, too late, perhaps?

message 2: by Cady (new)

Cady | 15 comments Mod
I think a big part is asking "who am I helping?"
Was the narrator helping his neighbors by completing a task that they physically couldn't? Why do it under cover of night?
Or was he helping himself, while patting himself on the back for helping others, to get rid of an eyesore on the pavement?

I think this behavior is common among people who would take offense at being called racist, but still behave in superior ways. The narrator should have spoken to his neighbors like human beings, asked if they needed or wanted help moving the mattress, and together they could have reached a resolution that didn't involve the cover of darkness.

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