Nicholas Kuehn Mrs. Shiffer Language Arts 8 16 February 2022 After trying to avenge his brother Will ends up dying and seeing his dead relatives. In the novel Long Way Down the main character Will's brother is shot and killed. Will goes to seek revenge for him, he thinks A guy named Riggs killed Shawn. As he’s on the elevator to leave his apartment he sees many of his dead relatives. Will is dead because he is seeing dead people and at the end he went to get out of the elevator to go to the afterlife. Will is dead because he’s seeing all of his dead relatives at one time in the same place. At this moment in the novel, Will has just got to floor seven and a man got on. Will thinks he recognizes this man from somewhere and it ends up being his dead Uncle Buck. “My stomach jumped into my chest or my chest fell into my stomach. Or both. I knew him. Buck? I stumbled backward. Couldn’t be. Couldn’t be“ (Reynolds 80). This passage observes how weirded out and shocked Will is to see one of his dead relatives. At this point in the book the elevator has come to a stop at floor 5 and another one of his dead relatives enters. “Uncle Mark? I let my hand fall to my side, swallowed hard. Am I going insane?“ (Reynolds 160). This passage demonstrates how Will thinks he’s going crazy because he’s seeing his dead relatives. All of this evidence declares Will is dead, because he is seeing dead relatives. …show more content…
At this point in the book Will's elevator has gone to the lobby and Shawn asks him this. “You Coming?” (Reynolds 306). This evidence compliments how Shawn invites Will to death. At this point in the book Will had just gotten home after Shawn died. He was very sad and was in his room. “My mother, stumbling to the bathroom, her sobs leading the way” (Reynolds 60).This textual evidence infers that Will died when he went to bed.All of these reasons adds to why Will is
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He followed Jim to the carnival even though he didn’t want to. Will tried to tell Jim to put the lightning rod on his house, but he didn’t have the courage to tell him a second time. William was also terrified to tell his dad what was going on with the carnival and Mr. Dark. In the middle of the book, Will was still scared and played in the background, but he started to speak up for
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds is a novel in-verse that is written about Will, a young boy desperately trying to get revenge on the person who killed his brother. But the book ends before we find out what happens. After the book ends I believe Will would bring his gun home and break the cycle of getting revenge. I also believe that Will's Dad was the most persuasive person in convincing Will to bring his gun home and not get revenge, this is due to Will’s Dad telling him his stories behind his death.
Long Way Down Persuasive Essay Long Way Down, a novel written by Jason Reynolds, is a story about a 15 year old boy named Will who would like to avenge his dead brother Shawn who was killed in gun violence. Will has an option though. He goes into the elevator with 7 floors, and on each floor he is greeted by people he knew before they died. He is then told a story about why gun violence was so bad in their situations. At the end of the novel, we never really find out what Will had decided since it ended with a decision that only Will could make.
This piece of evidence supports my claim because it shows how suspicious it looked towards Lewis’ friends. It is very odd that Lewis decided to set a will, and then “coincidentally” passed away. To his friends it definitely seemed to be suicide. “His friends assumed it was suicide.”
Each character shares a commonality of being killed due to the ruthless cycle of gun violence. Every character plays a role in swaying Will’s decision of revenge. Certain characters had
Shaun had believed that Carlson Riggs killed his brother because of their past gang, ‘The Dark Suns’. Carlson Riggs was a part of the gang ‘The Dark Suns’, which is how he connected with Frick. Will got suspicious of this and asked Frick about Carlson Riggs, who Will believes shot his older brother Shawn because of the gang they were connected to at the time. Will then asked Frick if he knew Carlson Riggs or had any connection to him. He then proceeded to answer in a confused tone, “Who?”
In the elevator, Will says, “Please don’t say you’ve come to take me./ Please don’t say I’m dead./ Please” (Reynolds, 89). Even though he is planning to kill someone, Will still fears death. He is afraid he has died because the person he is talking to has long been dead. Will then says, “What’s taking this stupid thing so long?/ I asked, pounding the door as hard as my heart was pounding inside me” (Reynolds, 96).
In the book “ LONG WAY DOWN” by Jason Reynolds WIll and Shawn Hollowman live in a neighborhood prone to crime neither of them has been personaly targeted until one day when Shawn was shot and killed. In their neighborhood they have three rules for when someone they love die, rule number one is don’t cry, rule number two is don’t snitch, and rule number three is revenge, kill the person who killed your loved one. After Shawn died Will had every intent to follow the rules but he came into some obsticles when he when down the elevated to get revenge but on every level a person who died following the rules came into the elevator, Will knew every person who got on somehow. Will lived on the 8th floor, on the 7th floor Buck got in, on the 6th floor Dani got in, 5th floor was Uncle Mark, 4th floor was Mikey holloman their father, 3rd floor was Frick, and lastly on the 2nd floor was Shawn. There are many theory as to who was the biggest impact on Will, It could be argued Shawn had the biggest impact on Will.
Storytelling often sees its main characters undergo several different emotions and characteristics depending on the conflict they face. Readers can identify this fragment of character developed in Saul Indian Horse, where the title character experiences various affairs that amount to severe trauma, causing the protagonist to undergo a variety of changes regarding his feelings and his interpretations on how to cope with said feelings. One of several quotes in Saul Indian Horse that demonstrates Saul's self isolation takes place near the conclusion in which Saul takes a break from his duties at Irv's farm. Feeling sorrowful and sluggish, Saul states "But there was a bigger part that I could never understand. It was the part of me that sought
Before the death of Shawn, he told Will the story of how their dad “was killed for killing the man who killed our uncle” (Reynolds, 2017, pg 203). This evidence illustrates Mikey's downfall as analogous to the situation Will is currently in. Will is in pursuit of revenge against Riggs, his brother's alleged murderer. Based on Mikey’s path, Will’s quest for revenge will eventually lead to his demise. It is a valuable lesson for Will as he battles the cycle of revenge.
He stated, “When I arrived at the scene I noticed that patrons were quickly leaving the restaurant. Once inside I could see that they were clearly shaken. As I scanned the room I noticed a body lying on the floor near the back.” McCormick later states that he was “unable to revive the victim. He had no pulse and had already lost a substantial amount of blood.”
However, during the elevator trip out of his building he encounters six people who try to make him reconsider his choice. Out of these six people, the fourth person, his dad Mikey, had the most impact on his decision. Mikey shows Will that if he kills someone, his life and relationships will never be the same. Will experiences what looking death in the eye feels like when his father holds the gun to his head and cocks the hammer. Learning
From losing one’s brother due to the endless cycle of violence to having one’s innocence revoked for avenging his brother's death, Will has the choice between avenging his brother's death and losing his innocence as a child or ending the cycle of gun violence and keep living life as a normal kid should be. If he doesn't avenge his brother's death, he's breaking the neighborhood's rules. Everyone knows the rules, and they should never be broken. Jason Reynolds used the elevator in Will’s apartment building as a symbol of Will being trapped in his thoughts of wanting to get revenge on his brother Shawn’s killer, Carson Rigger. In the novel Long Way Down, the author Jason Reynolds uses symbolism, to narrate the main character, Will throughout