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by Carl Hiaasen

Chomp Theme of Poverty

In Chomp, there are different levels of poverty that drive the plot. The Crays are generally doing all right as middle class Americans except for the past few months that Mickey hasn't been able to work. While the Cray's new poverty motivates them to take the job with Expedition Survival!, Tuna and her dad are pretty bad off financially as a general rule, which adds stress to their already troubled lives (including alcohol and a gun).

Questions About Poverty

  1. How does poverty affect the choices the Crays have to make?
  2. Is it fair to the animals that Mickey sticks with the job for money? Why or why not? If Mickey turned the job down. how would the animals eat? If one of the animals got hurt by Derek, would it be worth it to earn enough money to take care of the rest of them?
  3. If she were not so poor, would Tuna's life be much different? How?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Chomp advocates for the working class and paints a negative picture of the rich.

Poverty has nothing to do with education or skill.

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