Mama, a “big boned woman with rough, man-working hands,” awaits her daughter’s (Dee) return in the literary piece Everyday Use (70). When returning home, Dee’s only mission was to ask for two specific quilts with hopes of hanging her heritage on display. Ordinarily Maggie, Dee’s sister, was once a bright, generous, young girl with abundant potential. Explicitly, one day, Maggie was damaged significantly in a fire in which transformed her entire life. The fire turned a once intelligent, social undeveloped girl into a terrified, hopeless juvenile, along with the failed assistance of her family.
In the beginning of the middle of the book, Sarah said,on page 12, “Shut up! Go away,” when her brother tried to wake her up. From this quote , the reader is told that Sarah was selfish, even if her brother needed to talk to her, she would rather have her sleep than help her brother. By this quote it can be inferred that Sarah did not care about what Peter had to say. But, on the other hand, on page 119, “Don’t be so selfish, she could hear her mother say. One of her constant annoying mantras. Still, Sarah had a distinct and uneasy feeling that right at this moment her life was somehow in the balance. She could eat the trail bar, true, but afterward she’d forever be a certain kind of Sarah. Nonsense, a sly voice said. True, it was nonsense. Nonetheless, Sarah broke the bar in half, and gave Peter on of the halves.”She gave the other one to the silent girl.” In this quote, the reader can understand that Sarah is now becoming more concerned about the people around her. Also, on page 121, Sarah says, “No no, let her have it”, when the grandmother offers her a bed. From this quote, the reader can begin to see that she no longer puts herself first, and so now she is noticing that other people's needs are much larger than her own. Lastly, Sarah began screaming, “I need to take my brother to the hospital!”, when everyone began
In the short story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, Maggie changes drastically from the beginning to the end. Although she is not the main focus throughout the entire story, I consider Maggie a major in the story by her actions of evolving into a completely contrasting person.
that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It 's when you know you 're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” As Harper Lee once wrote, courage is something that anybody can show, as long as you forget about if you are going to lose or win and your selfish reasons and just remember why you are doing it. In “Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes” most of the characters show courage at some point so it was difficult to pick just one person. I ended up picking Sarah Byrnes because she stayed with her dad just so that no one else would get hurt. She showed courage when she was only as little girl and she saved her
"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."-Muhammad Ali. In my book, Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher this quote is perfect. This is about a girl who was burned when she was younger. Everyone thinks the burns are from a pot of spaghetti but only a selected few know that her dad actually did it. Sarah is so scared of her dad that she is staying in a hospital and is refusing to talk. Eric Calhoune knows the true identity if the burns and refuses to stay on the sideline. Him, his friend and his teacher get Sarah Byrnes out of the hospital to look for her mom. But Sarah's crazy dad, Virgil knows something up. After it all Virgil gets caught and Sarah lives happily with Mrs Lemry. My thesis is "who shows courage in Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes?"
Joel, the love of Hannah’s life found interest in another girl at school. Because they are not talking anymore, Hannah decides to stop coming to school for a few weeks. Knowing that he was the only person she cared for, he left her questionable and weak. The break up between them to brought Hannah to a very dark place. At this very moment Hannah felt that everyone was against her. However, this was no excuse to missing school. The school educators and Counselor demanded that she return back to school or they will have to dismiss her from
“I want to crumple onto the floor and cry. I’m so tired of the words, the looks.” In the book Jerk California, by Jonathan Friesen; Jack Keegan, also known as Sam Carrier, is a teenage boy with Tourette’s syndrome in the small town of pierce Minnesota. Jacks life struggles is documented along with his self-discovery and his budding relationship with George, his father’s friend, and Naomi the girl he likes. Intending to find out the truth about his dad, Jack, along with Naomi go on a once in a lifetime trip to California. The authors relatable characters and clever use of writing makes this book one that was most enjoyable to read.
The book “The Secret of Sarah Revere” is a very interesting book. I like the arguments that Grandmother and Rachel have because it make the book very interesting. I also like the fact that Paul, Sarah’s father, does not have a care in the world. He does not care about the arguments, he does not care about what people are saying about him, and he really does not care if Sarah thinks that Doctor Warren and Rachel are just friends. When he does not care it really means that he just doesn’t know or realize this is happening. It makes the book very
Several students ask who it is, unknowing that it is Jessica before the accident she was in. Jessica tells a lie and says that it is her sister, Anne. People wondered if Anne went to school with some of their younger siblings. Jessica adds to the story that Anne died and leaves the classroom for a burn treatment at the nearby hospital. After Jessica leaves, many students were making twisted stories of what they thought killed Anne and burned Jessica so badly. At the end of the day, Jeff asks Tom to come over after school. Tom declines and makes an excuse. Then Mrs.Tracy asks Tom to bring Jessica’s homework to her, since she lived nearby. Jeff gets upset because Tom lied about having something to do. Tom talks with Jessica for the first time. He then gets stopped by Mr. Feeney on the way out and he talks with Mr. Feeney and finds out that Jessica never had a sister, and that she made the story up. Tom also learned how the accident Jessica was in happened. Soon, it comes to the day when Jeff and Tom were planning on taking a ride in the Cobra. Tom waits for several hours after Jeff did all this bragging and finds out that Jeff’s uncle didn 't even bring the Cobra which led to an argument between the two pals. Soon, the class
The Glass Castle is a memoir based on the life and family of Jeanette Walls. Short on food and money, the family travels quite frequently to resettle and regain their lives. Based on her point of view, Jeanette maintains a steady heart while dealing with her dysfunctional family’s issues. The parents fail to provide for their children adequately due to their own personal problems, and because of that, Jeannette learns how to fend for and take care of herself. As Jeanette grows older, she realizes the truth and realities in her life, and she eventually takes off to New York to become the independent woman she has strived to be.
Sarah’s Key, written by Tatiana De Rosnay, is a very unique book based loosely on a true story. Sarah, the main character in this book, is a little girl; in her preteens. Sarah at the beginning was very innocent, just as most little girls are. She loves her mom, dad, and brother. She thinks everything is good. Towards part two, which I am reading, it gets different.
In the book Love That Dog by Sharon Creech, Jack can be described as timid. In the story, Jack thinks that poetry is just for girls and he can’t do it. When Jack says “I can’t do it”, he is being timid because he is lacking his courage towards writing a poem. Another example of timid is seen when Jack says, “Boys don’t write poetry”. Jack feels timid because he hasn’t given poetry a try because he is lacking his courage of not writing a poem. Jack feels that he can’t do poetry because he lacks the courage towards writing one.
Stephen Moyer once said that “conflict is drama, and how people deal with conflict shows you the kind of people they are” (Brainy quote). The film Finding Forrester, directed by Gus Van Sant, follows a young African American teenager named Jamal Wallace, played by Rob Brown, and an isolated former author named William Forrester, played by Sean Connery. In the beginning of the movie, the relationship between Jamal, and Forrester is almost non existent, as forrester had isolated himself in his downtown Bronx apartment, but when Jamal is dared by his friends to break into Forrester’s apartment, his life would change forever. Jamal and Forrester develop a deep relationship, that formed on their love for writing. As a former author, Forrester assists Jamal with his writing, while simultaneously, guiding the young man to not make the mistakes in life that he had. However, this relationship does not come without conflict, and as Stephen Moyer said, conflict shows people their true selves. The film Finding Forrester, directed by Gus Van Sant, is a good example of a drama, because the various conflicts in the film reveals to the characters of Jamal and Forrester the people they really are
In Perks of Being a Wallflower, the novel introduces a character named Patrick, Patrick has suffered from bullying because he is unique; his sexuallity choices have made him stand out from the rest of the average crowd. He is also experiencing problems with his partner Brad. Brad and Patrick are in a relationship and Brad is not quite ready to come out . He also bullies Patrick to demonstrate that he has no connection with Patrick. Because of this, Patrick is hurt and does not know what to do to escape from the fact that Brad is not ready to go public with Patrick. Nevertheless, he consumes drugs to try to forget what he is going through. Patrick is going through a stage where he is discovering what love is. In the stages of psychological development it says that between ages 20-39 years they will ask himself can I love.