2. Body : Why Arlene and Jerry
As the society rapidly changes, new social problems rise up and get piled up. Even today the society is supposed to face and should try to get rid of them little by little because it is impossible to give them to the end all at once. It means we are definitely living with lots of social problems. Then, what kind of them are we living with and what can we say about them?
2. Why Arlene and Jerry?
A good number of important characters appear in this novel; Trevor, a twelve-year-old boy around whom the plot mainly develops; Arlene, his mother; Reuben, his teacher; Greenberg, his close neighbor; Jerry, a homeless man; Chris, a reporter tracing down the entire story and so forth. There is, however, a reason for this paper to pay attention only to Arlene and Jerry. This is, as mentioned in Introduction, that these two characters play a significant role in revealing social problems belonging to these characters.
In the plot, Trevor first tries to help out three people; Jerry, Greenberg and Arlene ectively.