Where I'm Calling From Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why does the narrator not give his name?

The narrator has little self-esteem and self-respect. He calls himself a "drunk" and does not bother to divulge his own name or the names of his wife and girlfriend. He is ashamed of what he has made of his life and how his alcoholism has affected others.

2. What economic class do you think the narrator is from and why?

The narrator's speech suggests that he is working-class. He uses a lot of working-class slang, such as "belt" and "batting the breeze." Although the reader does not learn what he does for a living, the narrator is at a facility that is full of working-class men who seem to be his peers. When the narrator is paying for his stay, the proprietor wants to know if he "can do a couple of weeks."

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