“I’m a Mad Dog Biting Myself for Sympathy” by Louise Erdrich is a first-person point of view story, where the narrator talks about this incident of him stealing this stuffed toucan. Through the story, you can see many explains of him feeling the loss in his life, and him struggling with change. The narrator makes bad choice after bad choice; first, he steals a stuffed toucan from a store. Then proceeds to run with this large toucan, and steals a car, which he finds out that has a baby inside, then gets stuck in a ditch and leaves the car and baby behind, and then finally gets caught. This all spans from him wanting to get his supposed girlfriend Dawn a Christmas present. Towards the end of the story, we learn that Dawn is living with another guy, possibly her new boyfriend. This is where the theme of loss begins to come in. Not all has he lost is his girlfriend, he has lost relations with his family it seems as well. “My parents. It’s not like I hate them or anything. I just can’t see them.” He does not have a good relationship with his parents, this tells us that he is hurt emotionally. …show more content…
He continues on saying “By now he has probably taken her places, shown her restaurants and zoos, gone camping in the wilderness, skied.” We can tell from this that he is emotional and most likely jealous of this new older guy that Dawn has. He also tries to find a scapegoat from the trouble he has caused and says, “You could say she got me into this, so Dawn should get me out.” He tries to blame his actions of stealing on Dawn because he was simply just getting her a Christmas present. He has not gotten over her and seems to be having a really hard time getting over Dawn. So, he becomes careless and reckless with his
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Thirteen is an odd number in everyone's lives, as it's the age where social norms and people themselves change the quickest. James Howe's Jeremy Goldblatt Is So Not Moses is the story of Jeremy Goldblatt, an outcast among his peers, coming of age to face his Bar Mitzvah and the expectations of his friends and family. Jeremy has always been a bit different, and some teenagers see different as a bad thing. All he wants is to be accepted, and his Bar Mitzvah is the first big step. The story itself is heartwarming, if a bit far-fetched, following a youth facing down adversity with the power of kindness and friendship.
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He questions his mother’s actions as soon as she gets home, he knows that this message involves him receiving the truth from his mother. Oddly enough, his mother explains to him that she treats him this way through her words: “Because, Ed – you remind me of him”, this refers back to his father who promised her to leave this place, yet she is still here and so is her son, who is also the only one still here. Yet, her love as a mother still exists to him except that this time, he can actually notice it, his mother ends the conversation when she says “it takes a lot of love to hate you like this.” During the night of Christmas, after most of the people gathered and celebrated, Ed goes to the cemetery to pay a visit to his late father, showing a connection and the existence of feelings, which in this case is love between the living and the
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