Blog Post #2

Asadullah Bin Amir 

Prof. Shamecca Harris 

English 

Blog Post #2 

02/26/20 

 

In the article “ The Hustlers at Scores A modern Robin Hood story: the strippers who stole from (mostly) rich, (usually) disgusting men and gave to, well, themselves.” by Jessica Pressler, serves us two lessons women should look out for themselves, and men are to be manipulated for money. In the first paragraph the author describes why Rosie’s behavior growing up had more to do with her situation rather than herself. Rosie’s parents left her to grow up with her grandparents, parents leaving is one of the most traumatic experiences for a child, I can vouch. Rosie claims her parents are refugees from Cambodia but got caught up in the cultural shock of America. The background information that is provided is crucial to this article because if it was not told, Rosie would be painted as the worst human of all time, but since we are told what her parents did to her that traumatized her, it helps the reader understand the actions taken by Rosie. For example, her parents left to escape to Atlantic City to be involved with all materialistic things. When Rosie realized that she could not obtain those through a 9-5, she began doing what she was doing. She wanted to experience the things that took her parents from her, she wanted to know what could’ve been more valuable to her parents then their own daughter. The author does a fantastic job at creating a live picture within the reader’s mind by using very descriptive language which forces the reader to create an image. For example, the author describes Samantha Barbash, the hustler’s top money maker, as “A single mother from the Bronx, she’d started dancing at 19, and, like an ornamental plant purposefully stunted to conform to a certain ideal”. Using metaphors and the author even uses different well known celebrities to describe her body as shown in the next quote. “ Her body was Jessica Rabbit curvy, her lips Angelina Jolie puffy; her hair, which concealed tattoos of a cascade of stars running down her neck, was Cleopatra black. Buried within this ultrafeminine package was a mercenary streak worthy of Gordon Gekko.”. The author describes the people and the situations through great detail to bring a picture to the readers head. 

Comments ( 2 )

  1. Sharon Leal
    Hey, I enjoyed reading your post but I think its important to acknowledge that Rosie was also an admitted liar, which one can assume the story about her parents is not all correct, especially because when her parents were contacted for comments, they didn't respond so we shouldn't depend too much on that in order to understand her background but it should definitely be cautiously acknowledged.
  2. Yaya Camara
    I agree with what you said about the trauma Rosie faced as a child. Actions like that does affect young children in many ways and can later influence them to be apart of compromising situations and/or places.

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