aE This action reinforces the class divisions between low-income students and higher-class students. It also levels the aspirations of both Clarendon Heights groups by subconsciously making the two groups accept their lower class roles.
The Hallway Hangers see education and working hard as a waste of time. They see the illusion behind the American Dream and decide to rebel against it by not going to school, and get messed up on drugs and alcohol. They're unwillingness to conform to society's rules, leads them down a hard path of jail, unemployment, and drug addictions.
The Brothers on the other hand believe whole-heartedly in the American Dream. They try hard in school, despite the fact that most of them do not do so well. These aspirations do not help propel the Brothers out of the lower class. But yet the Brothers fail to recognize that social structures are to be largely blamed for their lack of success. They continue to blame their failures on themselves. Mokey explains, "If I did something for myself, did better in school, I think I wouda been in a better position.aE (Pg. 218)
The Brothers' disillusionment can perhaps be attributed to the length of time the