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A Fortune Essay

777 words - 4 pages

A Fortune

The short story “A Fortune” is written by Joy Monica T. Sakaguchi, the story is about a man who is pick pocketing people, and that is what he is doing for living. He often visits a local Chinese restaurant where he gets free fortune cookies, and one day he gets one that says: “a change in you daily routine will lead you to treasure”. Does this mean he need to pick pocket more, less, stop it, increase the picking? It deffinently will change everything.

The title “A fortune” is actually simple, but also very confusing. He gets this fortune cookie that says: “A change in your daily routine will lead you to treasure” and obviously it is a fortune. The guy meets a boy that is very sad, and the father in front that is very dominating, like the narrators own father. The narrator gets a close relationship to the boy, and the guy gets emotional, because he never had this cloce bond to anyone. He has been through many hard things and he doesnt want the boy to be like him, he ...view middle of the document...

The family grew up in a place with caravans with no money, which made his life harsh. His father left him, and that is why he lives by himself, and you actually dont hear a lot of his mother, only that she cries a lot, because she dont want her son to be like his father. The reason that he is pick pocketing, is a cry for help, the recognition he needs, which he never had because of the harsh conditions with his family.
''It was a Sunday when I saw the kid and the man with the bulging wallet. I remember because Sunday was usually the only day that I don't work''. I wrote this quote because it shows a lot of things a couple og sentences. For example does pocket pickers pick pocket because they need money, but thats actually not the reason why this guy does it, because he has a job, and he also save the money at home. So its some temptaition because he has been doing it since he was 5 years old, and maybe the pick pocketing is some sort of place of refuge, he is used to it. As I said, its an lifestyle.
When the story has come to an end and he has been following the kid home, he choose to throw a wallet, that he have stolen, instead of put it back. That shows that, after been through a lot of things with this kid, and built up a bond, he doesnt need this father to emotionally satisfy him anymore. Though the father allways have said to him, that the mother can know what is going on. The story starts out in medias res. And then there's a flash back, where you can visualize how he was as a kid, and it is explained how his childhood was. After that the short story continues cronological.The main theme of this text is something about how childhood can evolve to be either good or bad for you. Or both, as in this story, where he gets to be a pick pocker, but still learn how to take care of yourself. Your childhood does actually make you. Your parents is your creaters and need to shape you. But the job of being the perfect parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world, but every kid should know, that every parent love their child, and will always do the best for their kid, even though you dont always get what you want. The guy in this story turns out to be bad, until he finds himself, through the kid he meets. He changed his life.

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