The Choice to be Made In the story “On the Sidewalk Bleeding” by Evan Hunter, sixteen year old Andy, a gang member who was stabbed wanted someone to help him, but because he was labeled as a gang member of the Royals no one was willing to help. So, Andy then realized that he wanted to be recognized as himself instead of as a Royal. Then, Andy struggles to take off his jacket that labels him as a gang member so he can die as himself instead of as a Royal. In this story, the author writes about how Andy lost his life to a gang rumble to show the importance of choosing who you want to be recognized as. Although Andy wanted to be respected as a Royal, he realized who he really wanted to be while looking death in the face, reminiscing his loved one, and by acknowledging his sins.
As the story progressed, Andy was always sensible towards risk and reward, but his level of hope did not always remain static, as is evident when the warden notes that Andy "‘used to walk around [the] exercise yard as if it was a living room and [Andy was at] one of those cocktail parties…but [he doesn 't] walk around that way anymore '" (71). The loss of spring in Andy’s walk presented that he was losing hope; however, it was clear that his hope had rebounded when he told Red his dream. Andy 's character in Stephen King 's "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" proved that if there 's a will there 's a way. Also, Andy himself had changed in the story, but discreetly. Andy, who may have been innocent but was by no means an angel, walked into Shawshank as naked as a newborn.
“There are more. Different pens, different handwriting…” (Anderson 186) There are many different girls who have written how awful Andy is and how he has mistreated them as well. This shows that what Andy did to Melinda wasn’t in any way a mistake or an accident, it was just something he does to girls. While there may be an explanation for his evil behavior, something that impacted him and made him this way, this quote clearly shows that he has a pattern of evil behavior and it 's just who he is. That is why I stated in my thesis statement that people are for the most part inherently good.
In his short story, “On the Sidewalk Bleeding,” Evan Hunter emphasises the theme “you are not just a title,” through character development, the rising action and various symbols. To begin with, the theme is first demonstrated through the development of the protagonist, Andy. At the beginning of the narrative, Andy is described as laying on the sidewalk bleeding. During this time, he reminds himself that he is a Royal and is not afraid of the Guardians or death. As the story progresses, he realizes that he does not need the title of “Royal” to be accepted by others.
He is a part of a gang called The Royals, and has been stabbed by his rival gang The Guardians. He is literally lying on the sidewalk
Throughout the book, Andy goes through many things in life such as his best friend, Robert Washington, dying in a tragic accident. His friend groaned, “Andy! Andy! Help me… Help me … Oh God, please don’t let me die like this! Andy!..” (Draper 12).
These sisters beat up the ones only that fought back and Andy always fought back because he felt that not resisting is a much worse. Also, he figured that they will stop at some point. Andy gains protection from the sisters because he helped the guards and the warden with their finance papers. This quote has a deep meaning and it is the major lesson of the novella. Andy says to Red, "Remember that hope is a good thing, Red, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."
(RS1) Andy and Red both have a unique point of view regarding the subject of freedom. (RS2) Furthermore, Red and Andy have contrasting ways of viewing life when it came to prison. (RS3) Finally, both characters viewed hope in their own way, Andy always had a sense of hope within him that he would be free and would make it through prison whereas Red felt hopeless and believed that this was his life and that nothing could change. (CS) Since we have looked at the different ways of comparing the lives of the two characters Andy and Red; we should not forget that fact that through the power of friendship, they were able to look aside their differences and embrace their similar characteristics. They looked to one another in times of need and their unique traits