Charles Johnson, “Exchange Value” (article attached)
In this short story by Charles Johnson, were told about events involving three characters Loftis, Cooter (the two are brothers), and the deceased Ms. Bailey told through Cooters eyes. Were also privy to bits of information about the two mens parents.
Exchange Value uses these characters to show us some different styles of getting through life, styles of relating to past, present, and future, and styles of relating to money and things that can have a life-defining impact on people. It shows us, in particular, a small sample of different styles of doing these things among racially and economically disinherited people living in Chicago in the 1970s, whose histories the story links to wider ones that include slavery, racism, and racialized poverty.
For Loftis, Cooter, Ms. Bailey, and for the parents of Loftis and Cooter (you can treat the parents as one character), I want you to reproduce at least one quote from the story that you think encapsulates that characters style of getting through life. If you think a characters approach is to work oneself to death, to hoard against potential loss and thereby put off really living, to glide into nonexistence accepting that what one has is probably all one is going to get, or whatever, find a quote from the story that supports this aspect of the character, and then briefly explain what you think the quote tells us about that character. So, for example, for Loftis youll include a short quote that says something about how he gets through life, and then youll briefly explain that, and then do the same thing for Cooter, and for Ms. Bailey, and for the parents. There is no word length requirement for this, just write as much as you need to in order to demonstrate that youve read the story closely and grasped the differences between each of the characters experiences.
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