This Assignment is aboutBorn a Crime by Trevor Noah
List all of the different neighborhoods in which Noah lived and their respective characteristics.
In his own estimation, what were the advantages and disadvantages of each place?
How did each location shape his identity?
What does this suggest about the influence and importance of being grounded in a particular place and time (that is, why did it matter that he was a young colored boy in a white neighborhood during the post-apartheid era?)
What lessons did he have to learn, growing up in that time and place?
Once you have posted your initial comments of about 250 words, Choose classmate and write replies of at least 150 words to each. Make sure you address them by first name and then sign your reply with your own first name.
You must cite passages from the literature to support your ideas, and you must include a Works Cited entry.
No other resources are required — just the assigned reading material.
Initial response should be 150-200 words
Reply must be 150+ words as well.
Posts made after the due date will not receive credit.
Treat the discussion forums like any other writing assignment.
* Messages should be clear and concise, and ideas should be formed from the reading materials.
* I expect no errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or sentence structure.
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You must use the literature to support your ideas. Be sure to cite your sources using MLA citation style.
One reply of at least 150 words:
- StudentOut of the number of neighborhood Noah has lived in, I am most fascinated with Eden Park and Orange Grove. Clearly, Eden Park wasn’t the safest place to be around. With the social instability and conflicts, “once a month at least [Noah and his mother would] drive home and the neighborhood would be on fire” (p.16). Furthermore, Eden Park was not a place for the white people. In fact, “Eden Park was one of those “suburbs” that are actually out on the edge of civilization” (p.65). Even with all these limitations, Noah appreciates Eden Park. Eden Park was the first area that provided the opportunity for poor black people to own a house. This ownership surprised Noah and many black people. However, It was more than just ownership, “it was freedom” (p.65).
Although Noah did not spend much time in Orange Grove, I think it also made a significant impact to him. Orange Grove is almost the counterpart of Eden Park. It was a wealthy, safe, and clean neighborhood, but no freedom to black people. For the people of color, “if you wanted to live in the suburbs you’d have to find a white family renting out their servants’ quarters or sometimes their garage” (p.81). This sharp contract between Eden Park and Orange Grove highlighted racial tension to Noah.
Noah, Trevor.Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. 1st ed., Spiegel & Grau, 2016.