It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are lizabeth from the story “Marigolds” has a mental problem and it takes it out on the Marigolds. Nikan mom wants her to become something shes not. Lizabeth from the story “Marigold” and Nikan from the “Two Kinds” highlight that an epiphany can be life changing resulting in their maturation.
Darry also had a hard lesson early in life. He was a great athlete and student with a promising future, then he had to sacrifice his future because if he didn't work, he would have to put his brothers in a foster home. “Darry didn't deserve to work like an old man when he was only twenty. He had been a real popular guy in school; he was captain of the football team and he had been voted Boy of the Year. But we just didn't have the money for him to go to college, even with the athletic scholarship he won. And now he didn't have time between jobs to even think about college.” (16) Darry was the ‘golden boy’, with lots of opportunities to change his life, and be in a better place. But when his parents died all those chances died with them. Now he works like an old
the main character in the story which his/her wrong choices that are due to their personality cause their
In The First Betrayal Josan, a man who works in a lighthouse finds himself in the midst of a violent storm. Consequently the disheartening storm threatens to destroy the light in the tower, causing the ships to crash into the rocks. In the passage- The First Betrayal, Patricia Bray’s use of harsh diction and vivid imagery creates a mood of suspense.
Throughout The First Stone, many characters’ personalities and general attitudes toward things change due to the experiences. The most drastic change in personality goes to Reef. Reef went from delinquent to a productive member of society, all because of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. This allowed Reef to experience the life of rehab, and realize the error of his ways. The North Hill home allowed Reef to share his stories and learn from his mistakes. All of this is because he had been given a forgiving sentence, giving him a second chance. Frank Colville was once a criminal, one who “...had a rap sheet as long as his arm.” (Aker 119) But despite all this, he still managed to kick his drug habit and become a productive citizen who spends his time helping teens in need. This goes to show that even the most disorderly of criminals can still do great things if given a second chance. Even though Scar was a good student, her father, a dealer, makes her deal for him. In the end, Scar leaves Halifax to go to Toronto to pursue post-secondary education. Leaving Halifax also means leaving her father as well as the stuff she had done in the past. The opportunity to move out of Halifax gave Scar a chance to become a beneficial member of society and to secure her future. As shown by these examples from The First Stone, no matter what someone may have done, there is a way for them to make up for it. By making up for it, they are benefiting both themselves as well as
Cole goes to the island to escape time in prison. Even though anger never fully leaves a person Cole attempts to get rid of it, but on what? When Cole attempted to release his anger he triggered an event that would change his life forever by healing and change. Cole then saw that everything has beauty including the grass and moss all around him.
Near the end of the book The First Stone, Reef is visiting different schools, to speak about his experience. As Frank and Reef were driving back Reef “saw the chain-link fencing that now made it impossible for anyone to throw objects into the traffic below. Because of me, he thought. That’s because of me”(Aker 284).Reef immediatly realized what had been caused by throwing a rock into the traffic below. A rock, which had affected so many people like Lezza who was in the hospital. Moreover, Reef is now beginning to realize more about what he had done and as well put more deep thought into it. Reef thought “ There were times when it seemed like the events of that day on the overpass had happened to someone else, some other Reef Kennedy … He knew that now. Shit got made. And the worst shit is the shit we make for ourselves”(Aker 284). Comparing Reef Kennedy now and Reef Kennedy back then. There has been a change. A change where Reef himself can see. As Reef is questioning himself about what happened during the overpass, he is beginning to feel remorseful for his
In “The First Stone” by Don Aker, he introduces positive change towards both Reef and Leeza. They both retain a rough instance in their time, but with the help of others they prevail. And if Reef were to never gain the opportunity to meet Leeza, they both may not have changed. Unfortunate coincidences can bring two seemingly, unconditionally different people – Leeza and Reef, Reef and Colville, Val and Leeza – together, and help them heal.
People can change and learn from their mistake.Learning from mistakes can influence people for the better. Reef learns his lessons in the “The First Stone” by Don Aker. Reef is in the North Hills group home for a year because of the Judge’s sentence. While at the group home, Reef begins to learn the importance of respect, the need for self-reflection and how important are true friendships. He was influenced by Frank Colville , Leeza and Alex.
conclusively determine he suffers from a mental illness. But the question is what. What mental
“Deer peering from the fringe of trees” is one personification that Collins uses to put the driver and the deer on an equal emotional playing field (14).The reader feels like there are two people feeling the same way. Collins gives his driving situation the qualities of an arithmetic problem, stating that he has control of the “instruments of measuring motion, pressure, heat, the arcana of the engine” which are his known numbers, while his unknown variable is the deer lurking on the fringe of the woods (9-10). This personification creates a need for an analytical thought process of the unknown variable, or the unknown deer. The exaggeration of the motion of the deer, “locked in death-leaps in the sparkle of headlights” creates a slightly humorous effect of the severity of the deer in the headlights (24). The humorous effect helps the reader understand that the deer in headlights is a serious and dangerous incident, but does so in a way that keeps the reader at
Conflict can control what actions and decisions a person chooses. Conflict can cause big problems for some people. How does conflict Influence someone's decision or action? Sometimes conflict can cause a person to exchange harsh words towards another, also it may result in physical contact between one another. In the face of adversity what causes someone to prevail and others to maybe fail. With the right mindset you can always have a chance to succeed even if others around you may fail.
He ultimately becomes a criminal with an old friend from prison. He however gets back up on his feet and gets a job at a meatpacking plant, and makes a steady life for himself. Of course that doesn’t last long though, he relapses once he see’s Ona’s boss again. He attacks him again and he end up paying all his saved up money to bail himself out of jail. He goes to a conference where there is this speaker who motivates him to get involved in the society, and he does just that. He once again has hope for providing a better future for
It brings the best out of that person. Jeannette has been studying the livelihoods of other families in their neighborhood and tried to tell Rose Mary to leave Rex Walls so that they can qualify for welfare. Rose Mary refused and Jeannette is struggling to get better. When she was in high school and discovered her passion for journalism when she begun working for the school newspaper, Maroon Wave. At the newspaper, Jeannette also has access to news stories from around the country and she gains a better understanding of the world. Then, she spent her life as a “mother” to take care of kids and she has become a determined lady to make sure that they have all of the needs. After she observed the way their family acting, it builds her personality to know what she needs to be successful. Jeannette grew up with the identity of always running away with her family. As she grew up she realized she did not want that. She wanted to try and live on her own. Two filmmakers from New York City came to Welch for a cultural growth project in Appalachia, and Jeannette and Lori were delighted by these city men. The filmmakers tell Lori she has talent and suggest she move to New York City if she is serious about being an artist. After Jeannette thought of something, she tells Lori about her escape fund, and the sisters decide that Lori will move to New York City after she graduates from high school. Her and her sister
Throughout the book Nic faces many challenges with drugs and people around him. The main cause of all this chaos that happens is because he started drinking and using drugs at a very young age. This led to many dysfunctions with his family and himself. Nic’s father really wanted to help Nic out when his addiction started but Nic refused to stay in the rehab centers through the whole process. Nic’s conflict with his father teaches the reader that having a drug addiction can hurt relationships with family through making one wrong decision that can affect someone for the rest of their life.