Ahmed. khafagy Mrs. Brazeau LA 8 22 February 2023 Argumentative essay “An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind”-Mahayana Ghandi. In the novel Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Wills brother Shawn gets shot, Will follows the rules that his brother told him and tries to get revenge. Will enters an elevator where he meets six people that talk to him about revenge. Will breaks the rules. Dad killed the wrong guy so Will fears killing the wrong guy. In the novel "Long Way Down" by Jason Reynolds it states,”that he killed the wrong guy.”(Reynolds 218.) This makes Will wonder if he thought wrong about Riggs. Secondly, in the novel "Long way down" by Jason Reynolds it states, “But gee didn’t kill mark”(Reynolds 218). This displays that when Mark shot gee, he shot the wrong guy. Pops shot the wrong guy affecting Will's decision if he will shoot the wrong guy. Will's brother, Shawn breaks the rules by crying. Firstly, Shawn cries on the elevator, breaking the rules. “I thought you said no crying” (Reynolds 298). This illustrates that Shawn broke the rules so will considers breaking the rules since Shawn taught him the rules. Secondly, in the novel Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds it states “He wasn’t supposed to cry” (Reynolds 299). …show more content…
Some may say that Will follows the rules since Shawn followed the rules. Due to this statement from the novel Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds it states, “see this?… your brother's fingerprints are in there”(Reynolds 271). This illustrates that when Shawn got revenge for buck he put his fingerprints in the hole made by the bullet. However Shawn died by getting revenge making Wills scared that he will die by getting revenge. In The novel Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds it states, “Shawn died”(Reynolds 12). This shows that when Shawn followed the rules he got shot and died. This makes Will think that he will die if he follows the
Click here to unlock this and over one million essaysShow More
In his community there are three rules: No crying, no snitching, and always take revenge. Will, determined to kill his brother’s killer, goes into an elevator to find who he thinks killed Shawn. While in the elevator, he sees ghosts of people he once knew. They were all victims of The Rules. One person was his uncle who was shot.
Everyone that showed up was encroaching on his drive for revenge for Shawn's death, whether it was Buck saying he didn’t have the audacity to do it, or Dani asking him why he would do that. Overall, all of these ghosts of essential people to Will show that he is hallucinating and learning the ramifications of getting revenge and that he does not need to fall victim to the cycles of
However, as Will descends in the elevator, he encounters the ghosts of those who have died in his community, including Shawn. Through these encounters, Will begins to question
Will’s brother was murdered and he wants to get revenge on the person who killed his brother, Shawn. He then goes in the elevator that leads to the lobby of his apartment complex. Which leads to Will seeing ghosts. Although some may argue that Long Way Down should end by Will following the rules, the best ending for this story is Will breaks the rules. Will makes many different interactions with people who he knew that died.
This is a quote about Will seeing Shawn cry for the first time. “And even though/ his face was wet/ with tears he wasn’t/ supposed to cry/ when he was alive./ I couldn’t see him/ as anything less/ than my brother,/ my favorite,/ my only” (299). This quote shows that Will sees his brother breaking The Rules and is okay with it.
That one bullet cost Shawn’s life, and the next may do the same for Will. These rules had a bad impact on many lives in their neighborhood. They saw revenge as an act of justice. They believed it was the right thing to do. Which is why Will wanted to kill
According to the novel Will’s Dad says “Couldn’t kiss your mother, Couldn’t kiss you boys good night. Just lay naked in the scummy bathtub. The cold porcelain keeping me from sleep. From nightmares.” I believe that this piece of evidence played a big role in Will’s decision to bring the gun home, because he realized that after his father had gotten revenge on the person who he thought killed Will’s uncle he could sleep, eat, or even kiss his boys goodnight.
In the novel Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, we are introduced to Will, a fifteen-year-old boy who experienced his older brother, Shawn’s death. Where Will lives there are three major rules in his way of life including, no crying, no snitching, and getting revenge on anyone who has killed a loved one of yours. In his case he seeks revenge on his brother's alleged killer, Riggs. The story is set in an elevator as Will is on his way to carry out revenge. During each floor Will encounters ghosts of past family members or friends who made an impact on his life.
He pulls out a gun on Will to show him what it would be like to be an innocent kid that is about to be killed. This makes Will feel scared and pushes away the gun, making him rethink his choice on whether he should kill the murderer. Pop claims ¨The rules are rules´´(217). This makes Will realize what he will have to go through as a consequence and how scared he will
Before the death of Shawn, he told Will the story of how their dad “was killed for killing the man who killed our uncle” (Reynolds, 2017, pg 203). This evidence illustrates Mikey's downfall as analogous to the situation Will is currently in. Will is in pursuit of revenge against Riggs, his brother's alleged murderer. Based on Mikey’s path, Will’s quest for revenge will eventually lead to his demise. It is a valuable lesson for Will as he battles the cycle of revenge.
Will’s father then tells Will that he finds out the person he shot wasn’t the person that killed Uncle Mark, but just some guy that acted all tough. He shot the wrong person, which might also explain why he felt extremely guilty after killing Gee. As a result, Will states “staring at my father who/wasn't my father at all./At least not like I had imagined him./A man who moved with precision,/patience, purpose,/not no willy-nilly/buck-bucking off/at randoms/at random./Spent my whole damn life/missing a misser./That disappointed