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Reflect on the following passage from Chapter 4 of Parable of the Sower:
“Where would you go?” I asked him, changing the subject. “If we were forced out of here, where would you take us?”
He blew out a breath, puffing up his cheeks for a second. “To the neighbors or to the college,” he said. “The college has temporary emergency accommodations for employees who are burned or driven out of their homes.”
“Rebuilding, fortifying, doing whatever we can do to live and be safe.”
“Would you ever think about leaving here, heading north to where water isn’t such a problem and food is cheaper?”
“No.” He stared into space. “My job down here is as secure as a job can be. There are no jobs up there. Newcomers work for food if they work at all. Experience doesn’t matter. Education doesn’t matter. There are just too many desperate people. They work their lives away for a sack of beans and they live on the streets.”
“I heard it was easier up there,” I said. “Oregon, Washington, Canada.”
“Closed,” he said. “You’ve got to sneak into Oregon if you get in at all. Even harder to sneak into Washington. People get shot every day trying to sneak into Canada. Nobody wants California trash.”
“But people do leave. People are always moving north.”
“They try. They’re desperate and they have nothing to lose. But I do. This is my home.
In this passage, Lauren speaks with her father about what it will take to survive when conditions deteriorate where she and her family currently reside. What parallels does this share with the world we live in? As a person living in Southern California, how does this passage relate to anything you see, feel, or experience in your own life?
For this assignment, write a free-form response (not a proper essay) between 250 and 500 words in length. (1-2 pages, double-spaced)
READ THE PASSAGE (CHAPTER 4) FROM THE BOOK PARABLE OF THE SOWER.
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