Character Analysis: Inside Out And Back Again

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Ha’s life has turned inside out and back again. Ha’s life has turned inside out because she had been forced out of her home in Saigon due to war. Her life has also turned back again because she is settling into Alabama and starting to be smart again. Along her journey she faces many challenges because of language and other people not being friendly and welcoming to her. The book Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai is about a girl named Ha that is a refugee from the city of Saigon in Vietnam. She has to learn a new language and learn a new life in a different country. She gets bullied by the way she looks, but tires get through it at home by talking to her mother about it. One of her neighbors, Ms. Washington, helps her learn English…show more content…
In Inside Out and Back Again, Ha faces bullies that make fun of her because of her looks. Ha states, “By the end of school he yells an answer: She should be a pancake. She has a pancake face.” This quote shows that Ha gets bullied in school because of her looks. She has found a safe home where she can live happily, but gets bullied by the school kids. Ha also has to learn a new language because she had to move to a new home in a new country with a new language. Ha states, “MiSSS SScott points to me, then to the letters of the English alphabet. I say A B C and so on.” This quote shows that even though Ha found a safe home with no potential threat of war, she faces challenges such as learning one of the most difficult languages in the world. Ha found a home in Alabama that is safe with no threat of war as there is in Saigon, but she faces several challenges a day and one of them is missing her father and wishing he will soon appear in her classroom one day. Ha states, “I wish Father would appear in my class speaking beautiful English as he does French and Chinese and hold out his hand for mine.” This quote shows that Ha has found a safe home but she still misses father and wishes he will soon appear back in her life. Ha has found a safe place to live, but faces challenges of bullies, a new language, and missing her
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