More than 840,000,000 people suffer from hunger. That's about three times the population of the USA. This is chronic, persistent hunger, which kills 24,000 people every day, or over 8 million each year. The books and films we have come across this semester share a prevalent theme of hunger. Not only is the conventional hunger for food presented in these works, but also hunger to escape from the pain of reality, hunger for love and care, and hunger to be accepted and have a sense of belonging. In Dave Pelzer's A Child Called It, Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, James McBride's Color of Water and Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes, these four men seem to perfectly portray hunger on several different levels. I know that in my own life, I've gone through periods of abstract hunger that have pushed me to achieve great things. In the works we've studied, the dimensions of hunger drive the characters to go beyond their own personal limits and accomplish what they never thought possible.
People suffer in today's society, and some suffer more than others “ not just the momentary misery many people experience, the unhappiness that quickly comes and goes “