The Attraction Of Death Should Have Stemmed From Lack Of Hope

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The attraction of death would have stemmed from lack of hope. Often times, people were turned away from relief centers; Nicholson is very critical of relief officers who did this. The act of being denied a basic need would cause much distress. Nicholson records of a woman who heard of the Government Relief and attempted voice her need for food. The officers told her they would add her to the list and was sent away. For three days that woman waited patiently. . .she never got aid and reportedly died.1 Nicholson makes note of the level of submissiveness exhibited and questions it. “Was it their hereditary suffering that had become second nature- was it the peculiarity belonging to hunger alone- or was it their religion that allowed for such passive obedience?”2 All of these seem like reasonable hypotheses. Maybe the woman just didn 't have the energy to push herself into getting aid, maybe she had already come to terms with her death and this observation of “submissiveness” was really an act of acceptance. Nicholson witness the denial of relief another time when sh e went out a cold day and came in contact with a poor man with a child on his back. His appearance is described by her as being in the final stages of starvation.3 He had come to get some relief for the child on his back, and the two children he left starving at his house. The officer allegedly told the man he didn 't have time to enter his name in the book and send him away with very little money. The man was so

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