Do you think Bud in the story Bud, Not Buddy was luckier than most children on their own? Why or why not?

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dymatsuoka eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is clearly an opinion question, and I think that a good argument can be made either way. The Great Depression was very difficult time, and as the author says in the "Afterword" of the book,

"...the great majority of people suffered horribly during the period between 1929 and 1941. Parents often could not feed their children, so countless thousands of young people, some as young as eight years old, were abandoned or had to set out on their own in search of a meal and a warm place to sleep. These children survived the brutal life on the road by riding the rails, picking fruit, doing odd jobs, begging, stealing or whatever was necessary to get food."

The fact that Bud had a father who was able to make a living with his band, and that Bud, in fact, was able to be reunited with him, would arguably make him luckier than many of his contemporaries. Also, Bud was fortunate to meet kind people who were willing to help him on his journey. Bud did suffer greatly because of the death of his mother, however, and experienced a terrible foster home situation in which he was bullied and abused. Not all the children who found themselves on their own during these terrible times would have come from such extreme circumstances, making them luckier than Bud in regards to these situations.