Have you ever wondered how an older brother feels about the younger one? For example, in Tangerine, a novel by Edward Bloor, the main character Paul, had feared his older brother, Erik, for his entire life. In the book, Erik is described as a selfish character that didn’t care for Paul in the very least. Just the opposite, Erik often likes to make choices that would make Paul feel bad. Erik’s choices have caused Paul to be blind, made him think himself as a coward, and weakened the friendships between Paul and Joey.
Throughout one’s life, one tends to adapt to the traditions of their family, and gain a significant bond with their loved ones, including their siblings. However, that connection a person gains can either be diminished or forgotten due to a sense of different mindsets between family members. The two stories “The Rich Brother” by Tobias Wolff and “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin indicate that sibling rivalry occurs when each member does not understand or acknowledge their sibling’s perspective, and this builds a wall barrier between the siblings.
Although, brother begins to feel remorse and terrible about how he treated his brother throughout his life. As an adult, the narrator began to understand Doodle and himself much more fully, and he now recognizes how his own selfish pride led
The theme that I choice for Tangerine is “Sometimes good change can come from bad situations.” An example of the theme is when the Lake Windsor school gets swallowed up by a sinkhole. Although it ruined art of the school and many students were hurt, Paul had a chance to change his life. The sinkhole helped him get into another school without an IEP and without an IEP, Paul can play soccer. Another example is when Paul made a mistake when playing the soccer championship.
Greg met someone named Lemon Brown, and Lemon Brown adored his treasure’s. Later on in the story, it introduces the thugs, these thugs were horrible people. All Greg wanted to do was play basketball and not worry about school. His father disagreed with his wishes. Greg’s father wanted him to stay in school and get good grades.
Have you ever been frustrated with your parents or parent? In the stories, Confetti Girl and Tortilla Sun, the both narrators have a hard time making peace with their parent. In both stories, the problems are creating tension between their family, and it’s because of the difference in points of views. Such as the daughter in Confetti Girl, she is frustrated on how the dad is not paying attention to her wants and needs. Also, how she prefers on talking about something meaningful to her than about books.
In the book I read SLAM! By Walter Dean Myers at the beginning of the chapter. The dad was mad because Greg has a tutor now and the dad doesn’t think the son need a tutor. Also the dad is mad at Greg because he knows that Greg can do the work but Greg doesn’t make it palatable with his mind he wants to be stubborn and joke off in class and is lazy with his school work. Then when school was over Greg went down to 135th street to talk to Ice Mtisha’s cousin about them being friends again.
Once her anger passed, Bonnie would usually apologize to her son, but after a time, Greg didn’t even hear it anymore” (Anderson 42). This quote identifies that the life he has at home is never the way he expected it to be and he always got into fights with his parents. When Anderson said, “his mother would rip into him about something- his grades, his appearance, his choice of friends,” it helped me understand the reason why Greg acts the way he does. His mother would constantly find a reason to make him feel less of himself; not being
“A long list of don'ts went with him, all of which I ignored once we got out of the house.” (Hurst 345) Brother was ashamed of having him as his little brother. In the story Brother has always wanted a little brother, but from the first moment he laid eyes on him he despised
Lemon is not the best parent in the world, but his son loved him and he loved his son. This lesson is emphasized when it demonstrates Greg’s father is the same way. Walter Dean Myers shows a theme of everyone has a valuable treasure by, when Lemon shows Greg his treasure.. When Lemon first meets Greg he is skeptical because he thinks Greg is trying to steal his treasure.
This was a human being, dying. This was the only time there was going to be someone with those eyes and those ears and that way of breathing through her mouth and that way of building up right before a monster laugh with her eyebrows all raised and her nostrils flaring a little bit. This was the only time there was ever going to be that person, living in the world, and now that was almost over, and I couldn't deal with it” (Andrews Loc. 276). This excerpt shows the characterization of Greg. Also, it shows how his philosophies change over the course of the story as a dynamic character.
The narrator keeps in mind that he has an obligation to watch his brother but he tore apart by his emotions which are shifting from love to hate. The reason is, he is unable to accept fully that his brother can change as much as he cares about him. Since he was young, Sonny is haunted
Sonny comes from a middle class black family, where his older brother is a teacher and an army veteran. The fact that the older brother had a seemingly happy and well balanced childhood does not mean that Sonny has had a happy childhood too. In fact, because of some circumstances beyond anyone’s control, Sonny is denied a fatherly presence in his life. Sonny’s father maintained his distance from the young boy because Sonny reminded him of his own young brother who had died at an early age. Sonny’s elder brother joined the army and therefore could not act as a responsible father figure to the young boy who desperately needed some love and attention during his adolescence.
This affects Greg emotionally after the fight, as his father does not accept him; thus causing Greg to believe he has failed his father since he follows his dreams and not anybody else's. Greg’s sister, Sharlene, also struggles throughout her discovery of what she wants in life. Sharlene develops an understanding through her brother’s exploration of his life. While talking to Greg she reaches her peak of maturity surrounding the struggle he is going through, “‘You understand what I’m saying?’... ‘Yeah.