V Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe Benny Profane in Chapter 1.

Benny Profane is a man who does not know what he wants in life, content to bounce around from one job or location to the next like a yo-yo. After leaving the Navy, he spends time in bars, drinking, and hanging out with old buddies and girls, sleeping with different women. However, the only person that he feels a deep connection to is Rachel Owlglass, a society girl.

2. Describe the Sailor's Grave.

The Sailor's Grave is a bar in Norfolk that Benny Profane visits in 1955. Owned by a woman called Mrs. Boffo, the bar features fake rubber breasts over the beer taps, and attracts a strange crowd at times and many Navy men. At certain times, called "suck hour," she lets the sailors drink from the taps.

3. Who is Morris Teflon and what is his role in Chapter 1?

Morris Teflon is a sailor that Benny Profane knows. When Benny flees the bar during a police raid, he goes to stay with Paola at Teflon's place. Teflon likes to take pictures of sailors and women having sex and sell them for a profit to other sailors. One night, Paola and Profane have sex, but they are interrupted by Teflon and his camera. Profane takes the film and he and Paola leave.

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