In the short story, “Seventh Grade,” by Gary Soto, the author pokes fun at the seventh grade boys in the beginning of a school year. The main characters are Victor, Michael, Mr. Bueller, and Teresa, a girl Victor has a crush on. In the end, Victor learns that is it is always best to be himself. The author describes how Victor attempts to impress his dream girlfriend, Teresa. He tries scowling, an expression he learned from his friend, Michael. In addition, he lies by saying he knows French. When the French teacher, Mr. Bueller, speaks to him in French, he mumbles random words and makes a fool of himself. Moreover, Gary Soto portrays himself as Mr. Bueller. He describes Mr. Bueller’s days as a college student who would do anything to make …show more content…
For example the text says, “ Mr. Bueller asked if anyone knew French. Victor raised his hand, wanting to impress Teresa.” This further demonstrates that he has a conviction and is determined to get Teresa to notice him. This also illustrates that Victor will not give up on his dream of having Teresa as his girl. Also, Victor tries to scowl after learning that Michael, Victor’s friend, read a magazine showing that models would stand, one arm around a beautiful woman, and scowl. Once he tries this out, he acquires an odd look from a girl passing by, “He scowled and let his upper lip quiver.” His teeth show along with the ferocity of his soul. ‘Belinda Reyes walked by a while ago and looked at me.” he said. This shows that Victor is trying to act like the models in the magazine and not himself. This also shows that Victor is an easy person to manipulate. All in all, people today can learn from the humor in Victor’s story. It is always best to be true to one’s
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There is also the concept of the balance of masculinity and feminity throughout the novel. Victor, although he is a male character, displays a need to create something and care for it, even if it is to fill some sort of abstract ‘debt’ he feels towards his parents and Elizabeth, and he inevitably ends up abandoning his creation. Victor’s desire to create a living being, despite the way he treated after its birth, is a trait that one typically associates with
Mason White Ms. Edoff Writing February 13, 2017 This short story is called “7th Grade” by Gary Soto. This is a short story about a boy, Victor, who is going through seventh grade. He likes a girl, Teresa, and is trying to impress her. He tries to impress her by acting tough and pretending to know french in French class.
While seen having multiple setbacks Victor was able to persevere and achieve greatness. While overcoming the fear of being misunderstood Victor was able to complete his goal and achieve greatness, whether that greatness be good or bad. Many people have the fear of not being accepted by society because of your ideas or beliefs. Vicor overcomes this and shoes that other people opinions do not matter and people should do what makes them happy. Not all ideas are great.
Victor grew up to become a very loving, affectionate and humane individual, due to the love and
In the essay “Being Mean” from Living up the Street by Gary Soto, the tone is tense and mischievous based on the author’s diction and the use of repetition. Gary Soto describes his childhood as being very violent and gives details about how it is so: “Rick and I and the Molinas all enjoyed looking for trouble and often went to extremes to try and get into fights.” By Soto saying this, it represents how mischievous he was as a child. Moreover, the title of his essay “Being Mean” fits the tone of being mischievous perfectly because the definition of mean is for someone to go out of their way to cause you pain, which he does, but in a mischievous way. Furthermore, Gary Soto also uses repetition to let the reader know how he feels about certain
Victor’s first look at his “masterpiece” horrifies him and he proceeds to run away; leaving his “child” all alone. The paths both Victor and the monster will lead will be obvious as the story progresses. Through indirect characterizations, it is obvious that, both characters undergo changes as the story furthers. The author conveys Victor Frankenstein’s change by expressing his actions and feeling throughout
Victor is stirred by his work, but not in a positive manner. He goes on to explain his feelings towards the creature by saying, “… my heart sickened and my feelings were altered to those of horror and hatred” (136). Victor is so bewildered and repulsed by the creature that he misses key signs of violence, from the creature, that may have saved Victor’s family had he not been so
Character Foils: Victor and The Monster Often in a literary work, authors use minor characters to emphasize specific traits and characteristics of a main character. In Mary Shelley’s best selling novel Frankenstein, the monster is a minor reflection of Victor Frankenstein. Victor’s personality traits from when he was a child, and as an adult, are carried over and placed into his creation unintentionally by Victor himself.
In his poem “Behind Grandma’s House,” Gary Soto details the life and daily routine of a somewhat masochistic ten year old boy as he kicks over trash cans, terrorizes cats, and drowns ant colonies with his own urine. In many ways the boy acts as any other boy his age would be expected to, but he tends to go further than most young boys with his actions and descriptions of how he feels. This extra violence and destructive tendency the narrator exhibits can lead the reader to believe that, rather than being a typical child, he strongly craves attention due to his circumstances, and he is willing to act out and act obscenely in order to receive that attention. Throughout the poem the narrator details all the things he does to prove how tough he is, many
His personality and traits are different and similar to some of the other narrators such as the creature. Victor is pictured as an inimitable chronicler through the fact that he is a dynamic character throughout the course of the novel. It is debatable that he changes as the story processes through and how he begins to understand his current surroundings through the creature and himself. For example, before the creation, he states, “His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful!
She makes him seem like the most hideous thing ever seen by human eyes. She describes it as “I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs”(Shelly pg.79). She makes the reader feel bad for Victor because the reader knows he works hard on the creature. However, know reader should feel remorse for Victor leaves his creature.
He despised the monster he believed he is; he stated that “when [he] heard the details of vice and bloodshed, [his] wonder ceased, and [he] turned away with disgust and loathing” (104). Therefore, he realized his flaws, which Victor failed to
A writer named Nikita Gill once said “When you see a monster next, always remember this. Do not fear the thing before you. Fear the thing that created it instead.” This quote can be related to the novel Frankenstein where instead of the actual creature being perceived as the monster, the person who created it deserves to be called one. Using the archetypal lens, Victor can be seen as the real monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein from his cruel characteristics, continuous patterns of monstrosity, as well as symbols and themes involving nature.
Victor damages his mindset by allowing himself to go mentally insane. Because the sight of medical tools tortures Victor’s mind, he becomes psychotic and depressed. Secondly, this character devastates himself when he views his monster alive for the first time. Victor becomes ill for several months and eventually recovers; however, this ailment disturbs him for the rest of his life.
As he watches his loved ones get murdered by the creature he created, he realizes that playing God is a dangerous game. One could argue that Victor starts off with these negative traits but then develops Justine’s traits like selflessness, bravery, and acceptance. While I do think he achieves these feelings as he progresses, I believe he only scratches the surface of what it means to truly be selfless or brave. He only develops these qualities because his irresponsible actions cause the death, directly or indirectly, of five people. Yes, he accepts his actions at some point, but he does so because of extreme circumstances.