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The Bean Eaters

The Bean Eaters

by Gwendolyn Brooks

Analysis: Calling Card

Stark Reality

Brooks doesn't beat around the bush when it comes to depicting the lives of underprivileged people. It's not all that pretty. Even though these two people have their memories to keep them company, we're allowed to see just what a threadbare life they lead. Sure, they're scraping by – but only just. And Brooks allows us to see it all.

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