Sometimes people need a certain experience to change their point of view. In Touching Spirit Bear, written by Ben Mikaelsen, a violent teenager named Cole Matthews is sent on a mission to redeem himself, and faces radical experiences that ultimately change his whole mindset. He commits the crime of beating up a fellow peer, then is banished to an island as a punishment for his actions by the Circle Justice; a committee that serves as an alternative form of justice in the Tlingit culture. He then faces difficult and even deadly challenges. As a result of this experience, he changes from his ungovernable, supercilious ways as he comes to strong and sudden realizations of how wrong he was, and he learns how to be an honest and forgiving human being.
Cole’s character profile Cole Matthews is a very troubled kid who tends to get into trouble, he blames everything that happens on anyone who isn't him. He always gets a "second chance," from his parents, thus he doesn't understand the concept of change. Cole is a cocky fifteen year-old who doesn't learn from his mistakes, and can't seem to notice that some things cannot have the blame placed on someone else, only him. When he ends up going to jail, AGAIN , after beating up a kid for ratting him out after he robbed a store. Once he reaches the island he has been sent to for a year he learns that his real weakness is being alone.
In Gacy’s early life he was the victim of his father’s scorn being beaten constantly by his father with a razor strop. A couple instances know would be when he stole a truck when he was 6 and his father beat him for it, one other told instance of abuse was when John and another boy were accused of molesting a little girl where his father again beat him with his trusty strop. However it wasn’t just physical abuse he was given his father also emotionally abused him calling him a failure telling him he was dumb and stupid. Gacy was an ill boy born with a heart defect leading him to be hospitalized most of his life from ages 14 to 18, where his father accused him of faking everything. The abuse was so bad that when Gacy was molested by a family friend he suffered in silence.
“The Luck of Roaring Camp” is a truly heart wrenching story. Roaring camp is full of men who enjoy violence and mayhem. However, a woman named “Cherokee Sal” who died during child birth had a son. When the child is born everything in the camp changes. The men become more cleanly and eventually change the camp to make it more suitable for the baby who they end up nicknaming “The Luck” (Harte 1485 - 1486).
Cole Matthew’s Anger Cole Matthews is the angry and damaged protagonist of the book Touching Spirit Bear. In the book he is banished to an island to overcome his anger issues instead of spending time in jail. Cole’s anger is a result of his abusive childhood and how his mother and father have treated him. His anger results from the beatings and abuse he received as a child. As demonstrated here, “As Cole kept screaming.
When Odysseus returns home, he soon finds out that the suitors have been treating his kingdom harshly. As Odysseus enters his kingdom, he is met by Antinous the leading suitor and Antinous treats him with disrespect.“The stool he let fly hit the man's right shoulder on the packed muscle under the shoulder blade-like solid rock, for all the effect one saw” (Fitzgerald 603). Even though Antinous did not know this beggar was Odysseus that went through 10 years in the Trojan War, he still hit him with a wooden stool. He treated Odysseus like trash until the other suitors told him to stop. Odysseus held back his anger toward Antinous when he hit him in the shoulder with a stool to show justice later on.
He gets thrown into fights and gets bullied often by other kids, “I don’t like mexicans . You hear Mex?”(100) He is seen as a bully himself no matter how innocent he may be, “The mexican kid got into a fight and beat up a couple of our boys…” (133) Many times in the narrative; he wonders if he was really expelled or sent home for the day. There is always a little spark of hope in him that he might not have to disappoint his parents but then gets demolished once he realizes that won’t happen. “ Maybe they didn’t throw me out? Sure they
Also, on a camping trip, Auggie, Jack, and a few others, were attacked by some older seventh graders, and Jack protected Auggie; and they all ended up bruised and scraped. To recap, both stories are similar, in a sense, because they both deal with standing up to bullying. Priscilla stood up for Melvin and Jack stood up for Auggie; but both didn’t stand up correctly, they resorted to physical violence to protect the people they care
To begin, Yummy is a victim because of his miserable childhood and the way he has been growing up. One day during class, all the students were talking about Yummy and how he accidentally killed a girl. Everyone was discussing what they knew about Yummy. Roger states, “His daddy was in prison for drugs. And I heard his mama had been arrested 41 times for drugs and prostitution.
It wasn’t all my fault...The whole team ostracized me the whole way back on the train” (3). Not only is he being isolated from a group of potential friends, but also he is building the expectation of him being the real phony. Also, when he was in the age of thirteen, his parents “were going to have [him] psychoanalyzed and all, because [he] broke all the windows in the garage. [He does not] blame them…[he] slept in the garage the night [Allie, his younger brother] died, and [he] broke all the goddam windows with [his] fist, just for the hell of it” (34). His melodramatic action has demonstrated his internal conflict.
This causes sadness in Harry, leading him to get in a fight with Craig Randall over the snide comments made about the house, "even though I [Harry] agreed with every word." This exchange shows how Harry must face the challenge of whether to go along with what everyone else says, or defend his family 's honour. Another example of the challenges faced through growing up from childhood to adolescence is of Harry 's classmate Johnny Barlow. Johnny’s family consists of a drunk father and a brother who has ended in jail many times, leading to the people in the town thinking that Johnny himself is, “Good for nothing.” Due to all the gossiping, Johnny feels that he must leave the town temporarily for he feels alone and disconnected. However, the gossiping about the growing youth extends to such a state that Harry, after listening to all the ugly little voices of the town, decides that he, “wants to run away too, just like
But before he was able to attempt anything, The Boss charged into the place where the men gathered, grabbing his son by the collar and dragging him away. His face full of rage, he is always the one who had to sort Curley out: he had to calm his anger, convince him not to marry that tart or generally teach him how to behave! Curley continues to scream, but it becomes muffled soon
Sooner or later justice is almost always serve but at times injustice takes over. To begin with, in the text Han said "It was clear that there was something wrong, that there was enormous injustice in a system founded on irrationality and violence." In the quote Han is talking about the injustice that was happening between Om and all his classmates. For instance the violence he had witnessed during both breaktime and lunchtime. During break time two kids started a fight and Om stopped it, but instead of just writing a report he slapped the boy who caused it and then made him kneel down.
Seconds later her father saw and Tom barley escaped. When Bob Ewell saw what had happened he came in and started beating Mayella. Weeks later they decided to take this to court. Mayella was a stout woman with a florid face for being on her fathers side, shooting out spurious clams about what happened that day. In the courtroom, It was hard because of the undue amount lies being told, but I proved Tom is innocent because of
It all starts with the hardware store, but Peter tattled. So Cole did the only thing he knew how to do. It 's a whole circle, Cole’s dad beat him and was an awful person and Cole is also going to be a dreadful person. “When my dad uses the belt on me, I know he 's trying to hurt me. I see it in his eyes.