Does Trash show the consequences of corruption?

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I would argue that Trash is not a story about the consequences of corruption. While the story is realistic in portraying the potential consequences of getting caught after committing crimes and the brutality of the police, it also shows the possibility of committing a crime and getting away with it....

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I would argue that Trash is not a story about the consequences of corruption. While the story is realistic in portraying the potential consequences of getting caught after committing crimes and the brutality of the police, it also shows the possibility of committing a crime and getting away with it. Discovering the six million dollars sets Raphael, Gardo, Rat, and Pia on the track to having a better life, and the book doesn't frame their choices as necessarily wrong.

I would say, rather than the book showing the consequences of corruption, that the book shows that craftiness is helpful in navigating a world that is unfair and full of corruption. The book doesn't suggest that the children had the possibility to "play by the rules" and, in this way, excel in life. However, through their resourcefulness, they are able to take care of themselves and each other.

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