I Need Assistance In Writing A Few Paragraphs Using A Passage From A Novel Nemes

I need assistance in writing a few paragraphs using a passage from a novel Nemesis written by Phillip Roth to which Bucky Cantor, the city, or other take action or propose an explanation of the polio epidemic. Describe issue, the problem the individual(s) face response and a claim to describe their action.

Here are some of the passages I have chosen:

“We were warned not to use public toilets or public drinking fountains or to swig a drink out of someone else’s soda-pop bottle or to get a chill or to play with strangers or to borrow books from the public library or to talk on a public pay phone or to buy food from a street vendor or to eat until we had cleaned our hands thoroughly with soap and water. We were to wash all fruit and vegetables before we ate them, and we were to keep our distance from anyone who looked sick or complained of any of polio’s telltale symptoms.”

“Boys,” he had said, gathering them together on the field before they disbanded for dinner, “I don’t want you to begin to panic. Polio is a disease that we have to live with every summer. It’s a serious disease that’s been around all my life. The best way to deal with the threat of polio is to stay healthy and strong.”

“They should inspect the milk that kids drink—polio comes from dirty cows and their infected milk.” “No,” said someone else, “it isn’t the cows—it’s the bottles. They don’t sterilize those milk bottles right.” “Why don’t they fumigate?” another voice said. “Why don’t they use disinfectant? Disinfect everything.” “Why don’t they do like they did when I was a child? They tied camphor balls around our necks. They had something that stunk bad they used to call asafetida—maybe that would work now.” “Why don’t they spread some kind of chemical on the streets and kill it that way?” “Forget about chemicals,” someone else said. “The most important thing is for the children to wash their hands. Constantly wash their hands. Cleanliness! Cleanliness is the only cure!” “And another important thing,” Mr. Cantor put in, “is for all of you to calm down and not lose your self-control and panic. And not communicate panic to the children. The important thing is to keep everything in their lives as normal as possible and for you all, in what you say to them, to try to stay reasonable and calm.” “Wouldn’t it be better if they stayed home till[…]”

“We were warned not to use public toilets or public drinking fountains or to swig a drink out of someone else’s soda-pop bottle or to get a chill or to play with strangers or to borrow books from the public library or to talk on a public pay phone or to buy food from a street vendor or to eat until we had cleaned our hands thoroughly with soap and water. We were to wash all fruit and vegetables before we ate them, and we were to keep our distance from anyone who looked sick or complained of any of polio’s telltale symptoms.”

“WHY DOES POLIO strike only in the summer? At the cemetery, standing there bareheaded but for his yarmulke, he had to wonder if polio couldn’t be caused by the summer sun itself. At midday, in its full overhead onslaught, it seemed to have more than sufficient strength to cripple and kill, and to be rather more likely to do so than a microscopic germ in a hot dog.”

Excerpt From: Roth, Philip. “Nemesis (2010).” Apple Books. 

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