The short story ‘Shame’ written by Dick Gregory is about an underprivileged boy named Richard. Richard was unaware of his misfortune as he is preoccupied with shining shoes, selling papers and loving an unattainable Helene Tucker. One day in class, the teacher humiliated him by pointing out his lack of money and a father figure. This made Richard feel ashamed of himself and see his life for what it truly was.
In the short story, “Not Poor, Just Broke”, Dick Gregory extends the definition of the word “shame”, while telling readers about his personal life experience with shame. Also, he informs the readers how he comes to terms with shame. Throughout the story, he uses pathos to appeal the readers to imagine this experience in their daily lives. As readers, we can take away the true meaning of shame; to hurt another over meaningless intentions, such as stereotypes, racism, and denial. At the end of the…
Does Gregory’s recollection in the chapter
conform to this understanding of childhood
stage of Erikson’s psychosocial development model
would be most
relevant to Gregory’s example?
Provide a relevant example
for each question from the
chapter to support your answers.
Question Two (4 marks)
While information regarding the
on Gregory are limited in his recollection, he
are ashamed of about themselves a secret. In the short story “Shame”, Dick
Gregory tells a story about being pitied by his classmates and his teacher when he was younger.
He was embarrassed for something that he could not control and it affected him for most of his
life. Gregory did his best to keep his poverty a secret so that his fellow classmates and friends
wouldn’t know that he was different than they were. This is what is called secret shame, it is
where people try to keep something they are…