Why does Benjie Johnson use dope? His immediate family is distressed by it, and so are the two best teachers he’s encountered as well as his closest friend, Jimmy-Lee. In contrast to the conviction of everyone who knows him, Benjie himself does not admit that he has a drug habit. He further thinks of himself as basically honest, stealing only on occasion from his relatives (and that with the optimistic intention of repaying them even before they notice that anything is missing).
By: Alice Childress