Born in in Calcutta, India, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni spent nineteen years in her homeland before immigrating to the United holds a BA from. Live Free and Starve. SF labor; Purpose – to explain the consequences of both child labor and firing the children; Speaker – Chitra Divakaruni. What we think is wrong for other people to endure, is what some people have come accustomed to. Some people have no idea what its like to.

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You must be logged in to post a comment. The author concludes by reiterating the preface of the passage that he feels that these children need to be helped. Why did we abolish child labor in the USA?

In many countries they live apart from their families and do not go to school. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment. For example, she explains that these children spend most of their days in dark, poorly ventilated factories that over time would hurt their health p.

Show 0 new item s. Besides that, the author gives credibility to the essay by appealing to her ethos. He claims that if these children do not have a job they will die from starvation. Pages Images and files. She intends to explain to the reader — the American voter — that by passing the child labor law they think it would free the children from the shackles of unruly business owners of third world countries.

Insert image from URL Tip: She depicts the children working in very poor conditions which they are vulnerable to abuse but later questions the reader if these children would choose to work under harsh conditions or live in freedom without the benefit of food, shelter or clothing.


The need to feel valuable, to have self-respect and the respect of others. This need especially affects children who don’t feel safe. What conclusion are we to reach from this example?

“Live Free and Starve” Chitra Divakaruni

These needs are the strongest, since a person would die if they were not met. What is exactly the fault of Americans here? Remember, all of your assignments and blogging should be done on your page.

Also, he uses descriptive and harsh syntax to describe the children starving to death due to the fact that they do not have a job, which reinforces the idea through ethos that we cannot ban child labor.

Her mother, even though reluctant at first, volunteered to employ a boy named Nimai in order to save him from being pushed into starvation. Is her example a good byy that supports her thesis?

“Live Free And Starve” : Critical Analysis

This better explains the situation which in turn puts it in perspective for the reader. She also shared her personal experience regarding child labor when she was growing up in Calcutta. If a person does not fulfill these needs, she feels inferior, weak, helpless and worthless.

Throughout this article, Chitra is able to stay in-touch with her audience by maintaining a back-and-forth balance between support and criticism for the bill with great success. Divakaruni uses her experience when she was growing up in her hometown and explains what it was like living among children who were forced to work in vivid detail.

To turn text into a link, highlight the text, then click on a page or file from the list above. Maslow created a hierarchy to indicate sharve needs needed to be met first. The proponents of the bill claim that child labor is bad, the U. Immediately following this outstanding statement is a simple concession, focusing on extreme cases of child labor. However, she has avoided this issue by intermixing frequent concessions throughout every argument, keeping her American audience in mind.


Because the sole purpose of the bill is to help these children, if this claim is true, then the bill serves no purpose because it defeats its original intentions and serves to only hurt these children.

She uses this divakwruni statement to put her readers at ease again. The use of repetition is vital in the essay because it enables the reader to view the child labor situation in a different perspective other than their frame of reference, such as that children should have no worries and be free.

AP Class Work: Analysis on “Live Free and Starve” by Chitra Divakarun

Divakarun presents himself as an educated man, possibly a senator, divaaruni has an advantageous viewpoint because he grew up in Calcutta. Newer Post Older Post Home.

Pages Images and files Insert a link to a new page Loading Shouldn’t the United States use its power to stop these oive A very small group of people reach a level called self-actualization, where all their needs are met. This passage critiques that bill and urges it to be voted down. In this case, why is it so hard to stxrve that some people might prefer bread to freedom? Wealthy or famous people are not necessarily self-actualized. Divakaruni also chose to end her essay with a repetition of questions.

He does this by providing a personal anecdote, which enables the reader to relate to an experience emotionally, pointing out fallacies in opposing arguments, which digakaruni to bolster his claim, and by providing specific examples of how this bill would adversely affect these children, which strengthens his argument. First, by using ethos, the reader feels compassion towards this child and his pursuit to support his family.