How To Make Good Life Choices In Edward Bloor's Tangerine

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“You are free to make whatever choice you want, but you are not free from the consequences of the choice.”-Ezra Taft Benson. This quote by Benson relates to the novel Tangerine by Edward Bloor. The characters in the novel don’t make good life choices and in the end, they pay for the mistake. Paul Fisher’s parents make bad decisions with treating their two sons. In the story, their choices affect Paul by causing him to have low self esteem, fearing his brother and feeling isolated.

A choice made by Paul’s mom drops Paul’s confidence very rapidly. Her reluctance to be strict with her eldest son cause Paul to not be assertive enough. Throughout the novel, readers can point out that Paul is very similar to prey, while Erik acts like the hungry predator. In the novel, the author wrote,” Forget it dad, forget it mom, someone has to pay for this...I’m sure” ( Bloor 133). This quote shows explains how Erik will seek revenge, because he got humiliated in front of the whole town. If Mrs.Fisher had been in control of Erik, he wouldn’t be the evil murderer he is today.
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Fisher also made choices that impacted his whole family. Like his wife, he has been easy on Erik too. After, Erik and his friend spray paint Paul’s eyes, Mr.Fisher chooses to forget about the incident and move on. He also chose to not tell Paul the truth about his eyes because he didn’t want Paul to fear his older brother. Doing this really doesn’t help Paul because he is already terrified of his brother. In Tangerine, Paul says,” I’ve already been afraid of Erik, now I get to be afraid of Erik and Arthur” (Bloor 17). Paul’s statement affects his father’s choice. Sadly, Mr.Fisher still thinks his boys are very close, whereas in reality, Paul is scared. If Mr. Fisher had told the truth. Their whole family would have been
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