1. When Rose and Troy discuss people playing the lottery, Rose uses the example of their friend Pope who used his winnings to establish a good life for himself. Why is Troy disgusted with what Pope has created? How does this story illustrate how deep racism can run?
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Troy is grumbling about people who play the lottery and people who squander their winnings. He is especially disdainful of a black man named Pope who won a large sum in the lottery and used it to finance a restaurant. Troy feels as though Pope has sold out the black community by giving poor service to his black clientele while catering to white people. The numbers, Troy says, “Ain’t done nothing but make a worser fool out of him than he was before.” Troy again uses race to counter his own inadequacies.