How does ''A bullet only costs about two cents, and anybody can afford that," the last line of Chapter 2 in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, apply to life today?

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At the end of the second chapter of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, Junior says, "A bullet only costs about two cents, and anybody can afford that" to comment on the state of poverty in which his family exists. Junior's father has to shoot their dog Oscar because they cannot afford vet care for him. Junior has to carry Oscar out to the yard, and he thinks the dog knows exactly what his fate is going to be. Junior reasons that poverty doesn't make anyone stronger in terms of perseverance; he thinks being poor just teaches people how to continue being poor. Junior says poverty is an "ugly circle" in which he and others around him are caught. Junior's sentiment can be related to life today because there are many people caught in cycles of poverty. Income inequality allows some to reap extraordinary benefits and opportunities while others struggle just to make ends meet for their basic survival.

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