Pimp: The Story of My Life Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Who are the first pimps and prostitutes in young Bobby's life and how is his encounter with them a generally positive experience?

Bobby first encounters pimps and prostitutes in his mother's beauty salon. It is their business that keeps Mama and Henry afloat during the Depression years as they are the only ones who have the money to spend on their appearance.

2. How is Bobby "torn from the nest"?

The nest represents his cozy, happy childhood with Henry Upshaw, and the feeling of security and love that every child should be entitled to. Bobby is brutally torn from the only loving and stable environment he will ever know when Mama runs away with Steve and Bobby is forced against his will to leave the man and home he loves. The concept of "stable" takes on an entirely different meaning later in Bobby's life when "stable" is not an adjective to refer to his life situation, but rather a noun he applies to his harem of prostitutes as though they are show horses.

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