Analysis Of Chop Shop

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Chop Shop also gives viewers the impression that Ale and Izzy will be able to escape from poverty soon with just a little hard work. After Ale confronts Izzy at night while she is working as a prostitute, she runs home upset and sleeps in the bathroom. The next morning, they awaken and meet outside the garage in the morning sunlight. Ale, smiling, begins feeding pigeons. Once there’s a large crowd, Izzy stands up and smiles and goes “HEY” and they all fly away (Bahrani). The contrast between the dark night they returned home and the bright morning is stark. The new morning brought them happiness. It shows that even though they are still in poverty and they do not know what to do right now, they still have a bright future. Viewers have…show more content…
In Changing the Face of Poverty: Nonprofits and the Problem of Representation, Diana George questions, “How do we identify those ‘deserving’ of our help?” The idea of “deserving” vs “undeserving” poor in Chop Shop is interesting. When selling candy to people on the subway, Ale made it clear that he was “deserving” by saying “I don’t even go to school” (Bahrani). This makes the others on the subway feel bad for him and makes them buy candy because a poor child who is not even going to school is deserving of their money. On the other hand, when Ale stole a woman’s purse, she was left thinking that Ale is not one of the “deserving” poor. She believes that Ale is just a bad person who does not deserve help as he is a thief, even though she has no idea about the rest of life or practices. The layout of the movie causes the viewer to see Ale as one of the “deserving” poor. Though many of the people he interacts with are in a similar situations, he is the one people watching Chop Shop care about. This perpetuates the idea that some poor are “deserving” and some poor are “undeserving” which is harmful to efforts to try to eradicate poverty in the United States.
Chop Shop also perpetuates the idea that poverty cannot happen to just anyone. In George’s essay, she mentions that Kim Puuri, the owner of a Habitat for Humanity home,
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