TRASH ESSAY.!

Discuss how Andy Mulligan represents the divide between the rich and the poor in
TRASH.!

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Trash is a novel written by Andy Mulligan. The novel shows great examples of the division
between the rich and the poor. The author uses the way the 2 classes eat, the different
housing and the way they put they put their loved ones to rest to show the obvious
separation between the upper and lower classes.!

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Firstly, in the the novel Trash, Andy Mulligan shows the rift between the advantaged and
disadvantaged by describing the kind of food they eat. “A zucchini that was fresh
enough for stew…”(p.8) Raphael explains that they are so so desperate for food that
they are happy to eat scraps that have been thrown out by the rich. “I would get get sick
on the food he throws away.”(p.123) When Senator Zapanta’s gardener says this, he is
discussing with the boys that he has so much food he throws a lot of it into the trash. Food
is one of the many examples that draws the line between the 2 communities.!

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Following on, the author also uses the great aspects of housing to continue the ongoing
drift between both societies. “Most people live in boxes, and the boxes are stacked up
call and high.”(p.3) Raphael’s discussing that most the people in Behala have no choice
but to live in boxes with very little stacked up on top of one another. “He’d bought up the
prettiest bits of woods in the land…and built himself a palace for the king he though
he was.”(p.121) When Rat went to Senator Zapanta’s house he is stating that he thinks
the house is so huge, that he thinks it’s fit for a king rather then a Senator/Vice President.
Housing is one of the definitive ways to expose the forever differences between the
deprived and prosperous.!

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Lastly, Andy Mulligan demonstrates one of the greatest divides by the way that both upper
and lower classes put their loved ones to rest. “The wall divides the rich quarter, where
the dead get buried in earth, from the poor quarter, where the dead get stacked up in
boxes.” (p.180) This is where the 3 boys explain that there’s a wall continues the
separation of the 2 social classes where on one side, the rich can afford to be buried that
have a personalised headstones and have reasonable spaces between one another.
Where as the poor can only afford boxes that are stacked up on top of one another, like
their houses, it’s tight and cramped and the boxes are only rented, if they don’t pay a
certain amount of money by a certain time they lose their spot and the body is tossed
away. Death is the the hugest key point in the novel that defines the main separation
between the rich and the poor.!

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To sum up, Andy Mulligan uses great knowledge and influence to disconnect the 2 classes
in the novel just by using details that are in everyday life. Trash is a novel that has some of
the greatest evidence of the ongoing differences between the rich and the poor.!

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Lucy Bean-Warburton