Al Capone Personal Narrative Essay

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Some call me an evil man for the violence and crime that occurs as a result of the organization I run. The truth is, prohibition has caused the trouble. When I sell liquor, it's called bootlegging; when my patrons serve it on Lake Shore Drive, it's called hospitality. (Quotes) You see, I grew up in the tough streets of Brooklyn where crime was a way of life. If you were weak you'd be beat, mugged and left for the bums to steal your clothes just for walking down the street alone. I learned from an early age that the only way to survive was to partake in the crime. My mother never approved of me being a criminal; she wanted me to go to school and get an education on top of the three jobs I worked at age fourteen. (History) But I was just good at being a criminal; I knew how to manipulate people to get what I wanted. School never did anything except waste my valuable time when I could be out making money off scams so I dropped out to take up a full time education in the ways of the streets.My first gang was the Brooklyn Rippers. (Capone) It was a suitable name for a bunch of wannabe gangster kids ripping off the local candy shop and bowling alley. Seeing that I worked at the bowling alley as a pin boy and a clerk at the candy shop I figured I could benefit greatly from the Rippers. (History) In no time I was making twice as much dough from the scams as I was from my legit jobs. The Rippers were small time and by the time I was eighteen I was hungry for a bigger slice of the dough to be made in Brooklyn. That's when I met Frankie Yale, the boss of the notorious Five Points gang.Frankie owned the Harvard Inn, where I spent a lot of time and money on drinks and women. (Capone) One night I was at bar having my usual whiskey on the rocks when I see this broad I was having regular relations with. She walked in with a big smile on her face, giggling, her arms locked with this big gorilla-looking guy. I might have had too much to drink that night but it seemed like she was laughing at me like I'm some kind of loser. I was infuriated instantly. Nobody laughs at me like that. I got up and yelled, "You fuckin' whore!." The gorilla-looking fella dropped her arm, his face red with rage, grabbed a beer bottle. My reaction was slowed with the alcohol, all I could do was close my eyes, while he struck me right on my head. I blacked out simultaneously with the blow. The bottle left a nice sized scar on my face, and from that night on I was nicknamed "Scarface." (History) I woke up in a cushioned leather chair that appeared to be in some kind of office. Frankie was sitting behind an antique oak desk talking on the telephone. When he saw I had awakened he got off the phone and asked me, "What the hell were you thinking calling a patron a whore right in front of her brother." I replied "Her brother? I thought he was her date." Frankie laughed it off and told me he had taken care of it, so now I owe him one. He had heard of my reputation as a criminal and offered me the...

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