Government Issues in the Novel "Push" Analytical Essay

Government Issues in the Novel "Push"
An analysis of the concepts of federalism, bureaucracy and social welfare policy in Sapphire's novel, "Push".
# 153644 | 731 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2013 | US

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The paper discusses the reactions generated by the novel, "Push", that include feelings of shock, sorrow, hopelessness, and finally, hope, in the reader. The paper then examines how this work is utilized to illustrate the concepts of federalism, bureaucracy and social welfare policy. The paper describes how multiple bureaucracies promoted Precious' failure throughout the novel, and her family's interaction with the government reveals multiple issues regarding federalism and social welfare policy.

From the Paper:

"Push generates several reactions. The first reaction is shock. The age of the narrator contributes to the astonishment of the book. Push is narrated by 16 year old Precious Jones. The girl is obese and illiterate. The environment Precious lives in is astounding. She is raped by her father and abused by her mom. The fact that she is pregnant with her father's child contributes to the jaw-dropping effect of the book. The language used by the narrator is the final contributing factor to the shock the book generates.
"The next reaction generated is sorrow. Anyone that reads this book will feel grief for Precious. Her situation seems hopeless. She can't read, her family abuses her, and she is poor. She has one child by her father and is pregnant with another. Once her family loses welfare her mom kicks her out of the house. She becomes homeless with a new born child. The final element that contributes to the reaction of sorrow is when Precious finds out that she has HIV.
"The audience feels a sense of hopelessness throughout the book. Every time something positive happens in the book a negative event follows. Precious gives birth, then gets kicked out of the house. She begins to gain confidence then finds out she has HIV. There seems to be no continuous hope generated from the book."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Blau, Peter M. "Bureaucracy in modern society." New York: Random House, Inc (1956).
  • Elazar, Daniel Judah. American federalism: A view from the states. New York: Crowell, 1972.
  • Jansson, Bruce S., and Fifth Edition Brooks-Cole. "Social welfare policy." Belmont, CA (1990).
  • Sapphire. Push: A novel. Vintage, 1996.

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