This novel teaches readers that it is very fortunate to live in a first world country. It is difficult to imagine what it must be like to live in a city like Beheld. In Trash, Raphael is a dumpiest boy whose first hand experience is the cruelty of police corruption. Raphael is taken from his family and beaten by the police for answers and shown no mercy. “I’m going to kill you, you liar! ” Raphael was just telling the police that he didn’t find a bag, in which he was beaten some more. This gives the reader the effect of sympathy for Raphael.
Hence, we earn about one of the difficulties of being in a unstable government. One of the most important themes in the novel Trash is The Dangers of Living in Poverty. The boys live on a rubbish dump and face challenges that children should never have to. In more than one instance they have to look though human poop. “But all we find is stump. ” “Stump” means human faces in their language. The boys are exposed to all different kinds of germs and deceases. We learn that many people around the world face many unhygienic situations. This is something children in a more developed country would not have to go through.
In Trash we learn about the dangers of living in poverty through the setting of the Beheld Dumpiest. This is where Guard, Raphael and Rat live. They work all day sorting through Trash trying to find items they can recycle to earn money. “-you spend your life wading through it, breathing it , sleeping beside it… ” In this section they are talking about trash. They spend their life’s trying to make enough money, The reader would never have to go through which is why Trash is so important for people to read. Olive’s point of view helps readers to understand how badly treated the people are in the prison cells are. Since
Olivia is from England the readers get a better understanding of the quality of the prison as they have a similar lifestyle to Olivia. In this setting Olivia and Guard go to meet Gabriel Landlord who might be part of their mystery. “l had expected cells, but all i saw was cages. ” Olivia has just walked into the prison and all around her were cages, it was like a zoo but it held people. This is a event that the reader really connects with the Trash boys. It is something we would never have to go through and gives us sympathy for the boys. By the end of the novel, the reader has learnt a lot about the harshness of life n countries like Behalf.
The setting of the Behalf Prison caused the reader to feel sadness that this is the “norm” for people in cities like this. The character of Raphael reminds us that no matter how hard life gets, we should never stop being brave. The reader understands the challenges faced by some people around the world though the relatable point of view of Olivia. The theme; the dangers of living in poverty, shows the reader how lucky we are to live in a developed country. When reading this book the reader realizes how much they take their necessities for granted.