J.D. Vance Essays
The Allure of Humility: J.D. Vance's Sympathetic Perspective 12th Grade
In his memoir Hillbilly Elegy, J. D. Vance tells of how he advanced from a hillbilly to a relatively wealthy author. From a family and culture of drug abuse and instability, Vance made his way to one of the country’s most elite law schools and...
Attainability (or Unattainability) of the American Dream in Hillbilly Elegy 11th Grade
J.D. Vance, in his memoir Hillbilly Elegy, uses his own experiences living in rural Kentucky and industrial Ohio to paint a picture of the problems facing the poor white class—and its accompanying “Hillbilly” culture— which dominates American...
Themes of Self-Sabotage Within Hillbilly Elegy 11th Grade
In J.D Vance’s wildly-popular 2016 memoir Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, Vance recounts his childhood experience of Appalachian poverty and makes a sociological argument against government handouts. Speaking from...