In the LGBTQ community, sometimes even surrounded by those who are similar to you can make you feel isolated. You may not be accepted by those around you. “It Gets Better” combats the ideas that in the LGBTQ community, you are not alone. It makes you feel included with those who also share the same views as you. I reject the notion that “the act of bullying, or being bullied is a rite of passage” (Adams 4), however I do believe that “until a violent act occurs [and] focus[es] attention on bullying, it has generally received little attention from educators” (Adams 4). Bullying needs to be brought to light better than in the past in order to fix it.
Although my experiences are not as drastic as hers, she inspires me to make my own decisions. As I grow, I realize more that my independence is important because I cannot rely on other people as much since everyone’s experiences are different. For example, when they were children in Guyana, my parents had to walk miles to school while I am able to take the bus to school. Although my parents and I went to school up until the same age, our experiences lead to different approaches in situations. The transition from middle school to high school was eye opening because in middle school the class would move together, whereas in high school, everyone went their own ways. In the end of 10th grade, I had to pick my own classes which was overwhelming. My parents were not able to help because they did not have to take the same classes. Similarly when I had to get my working papers, my parents weren’t able to help me because they had no experience with it. This process was new to me because I was not used to filling out official forms. Much like Jeanette’s situation, I had to do everything on my own. Jeanette wanted to escape Welch because of her unstable lifestyle, but she had fully given up on her parents. As she created her plan to escape, she said: “I had been counting on Mom and Dad to get us out, but I now knew I had to do it on my own” (Walls 221). She had finally realized that she could not rely on
Rowdy continued to scream, and Junior continued to cry. Rowdy was so angry because the day finally came. He was being left behind by the person who mattered to him most. I saw that Rowdy was more than a tough, rude kid at this part. I could feel his pain and sadness. I hope people reading this can see how much there is to Rowdy, his real personality.
We see racist comments about Indians in our everyday lives.“ Of course they had a big party! Of course they were drunk! They are Indians!” As said on page 205. Racist comments are filled throughout this book. The whites make racist comments about Indians, and Indians make comments about white people. In this specific quote Junior's sister dies because she and her husband were passed out drunk on the bed when the trailer house caught fire and burned them too. They couldn't do anything because they were so drunk. Junior is even the one that says this racist quote about his sister, it isn't just white folks. Scenario after scenario happens like this Junior's grandmother dies because she was hit by a drunk driver, Juniors dads best friend died
Throughout the story there is a lot of conflict. The story begins with a knife fight, the main character gets in multiple fights, the story ends with The Motorcycle Boy getting shot. There is also a lot of emotional conflict for Rusty-James. He gets dumped and his brother, who he looks up to and loves, gets killed. The use of conflict in this book adds a lot of drama, excitement, and suspense to the story. There is a lot of drama that comes with Rusty-James’ expulsion. When he gets expelled he then has to go to the same school as Biff Wilcox, a kid who had it out for Rusty-James and the kid who ad cut him at the beginning of the story. “Now I was getting sent to Biff Wilcox’s turf. So I didn’t have much time for seriously thinking about my life.”(p.64) The fights
In “How to Handle a Bully,” by Kathiann Kowalski, an experienced journalist, Kowalski reports the different strategies to stop bullying. She informs that bullying is at its peak in the late teenage years, but can start in an early age. Kowalski concurs that girls intimidates as much as boys; however, they do it differently. She explores many reasons why bullying occurs at the first place, and who starts bullying. Kowalski exemplifies the situations that victims could be in, and the solution on how to handle the bully. She encourages students to collaborate to come up with a school’s code of conduct, which will be used to fight bullying.
Around the world there are many kind of problems that afflict kids of all age but there is one in particular that is relevant, this problem is the bullying.
Tony Claxton from the, “The Bully” by Roger Dean Kiser is the character I chose to do an Analysis on. The Bully is about Roger and Tony who knew each other in 6th grade, but Tony used to be Rogers bully. Then they coincidently meet up again years later in a diner and Roger seems to have forgiven Roger for all the bad he has done to him. I chose Tony because I like the way he went from being a big bad malicious middle school bully to, an average guy in a wheel chair who is dependent on their wife and is regretful for all the things he used to do.
In the book N.E.R.D.S by Michael Buckley, a middle school bully named Jackson Jones has to get braces. The whole school then treats him like one of the misfits, and he realizes what the people he was bullying felt. He then finds out that the people he was bullying are actually secret agents. He then tries to befriend them so he can be on the team. He gets to be on the team, but his colleagues, the N.E.R.D.S, don’t forgive him and won’t talk to him. The author communicates to the reader that you should treat others how you would like to be treated.
The readers learns that there is a lot of students in Rearden that are racist and are bullying kids that are not white, this quotation proves how,” ‘Hey, Chief’, Roger said. ‘You want to hear a joke?’ ‘Sure,’ [Junior] said. ‘Did you know that Indians are living proof that niggers fuck buffalo?’” (Alexie 64). By looking at this quotation you can tell that Roger is bullying Junior and trying to make himself look superior, often people achieve this feeling by putting down other people and making them feel like inferior. Moreover, no matter what, "[Junior] was a reservation Indian, and no matter how geeky and weak [Junior] appeared to be, [Junior] was still a potential killer. So mostly they called [Junior] names. Lots of names. White people often thinks that all Indians are killers and since Junior is Indian, they are afraid that they are going to get killed so they bully him in different ways, like calling him names. Racism is a real issue across the world and Alexie uses Junior to show us that racism has very terrible outcomes, and bullying being one of
The book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian is about a high school boy named Arnold Spirit. This boy is trying to be white, but is still he is Indian. This attempts lead to a lot bullying. Sherman Alexie expresses the fact that bullying is bad and he doesn't support it, as shown in the early bullying at Wellpinit, the bullying in Reardan and finally how he overcomes this bullying
Junior is from a poor Indian family. He has brain surgery when he was very little. One day after he finds there is no future in the reservation, he decides to go to a school in Reardan where is full of white children. After a year studies in Reardan “I realized that, sure I was a Spokane Indian, I belonged to that tribe … And to the tribe of basketball players. And to the tribe of bookworms”(Alexie 217). Junior leaves his home, his family and his best friend to go to study in a new environment. In the basketball game with reservation, Junior has to compete with Rowdy face to face, and he is so afraid that he throw out before the game begins. But Junior still helps his team win the game that even Rowdy dose not believe Junior dose it. Junior finds another piece of him through facing fears. In class Junior becomes good friend with Gordy who is a genius and an outsider of the class. They both love reading books and they form a tribe of only two of them. In the following year, they study together and learn new knowledge together. Studying with Gordy shows Junior the joy of learning and expressing his ideas which lead Junior closer to his dream. Communicating with Gordy, Junior sees more of the world and he knows besides alcohol and poorness there are many interesting things in the world. Therefore, the missing pieces
Everything. We weren’t trying to kill Indian people. We were trying to kill Indian culture.” (Alexie 35) This was explained by Mr. P to Junior how the school teachers initially tried to make the students give up their culture. Apparently, taking the culture of being an Indian is supposed to save the child but, noticing how brutal this was laid out. Knowing teachers didn't only beat the students but, took away their hopes. This is important because it shows how cruel the world is. In fact, what if a teacher came and told you it is the worse thing to be white, African, Asian or Asian Pacific Islander, etc... Would this change the way you thought about yourself? This probably would start a conflict. Overall, “You can't give up. You won't give up. You threw that book in my face because somewhere inside you refuse to give up.” (Alexie 43) Junior threw the book shows he is tired of poverty from the school on the reservation. Junior hits Mr. P on accident breaking Mr. P’s nose. Which leads to Junior deciding whether or not he should listen to Mr. P’s advice by leaving and attend a white
Bullying is prevalent social problem in today’s school environment. The July 2010 NY Time article “There’s Only One Way to Stop a Bully” by Susan Engel and Marlene Sandstorm. The authors stress the importance and awareness of bullying from parents, teachers, and students. Bullying is a very important social situation that must be stopped. In Massachusetts, teachers and administers are doing something about bullying. During the summer, they are learning more about an anti-bullying curriculum for their students. This curriculum includes the acts of bullying and how to report the most serious cases to law enforcement offices. The new law was passed in April because a group of South Hadley, Massachusetts students brutally bullied a 15 year old
“There comes a point in your life when you realize: who matters, who never did, who won’t anymore… and who always will.” (Adam Lindsay Gordon poem) In Sherman Alexie’s novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian” reveals no matter how much conflict between Arnold Junior and Rowdy, ultimately, they both believe that they need to stay and support each other together. The speaker, a person experienced three different attitudes toward his best friend. For many, the best friend is someone who always tries to be there to help you, and Rowdy is someone who stands back at Junior when he has troubles. Through Alexie’s first point of view, conversation, and plot development, Junior and Rowdy’s inseparable