When Junior shares the backstory of his parents, he says that his mother and father came from “poor people who came from poor people who came from poor people, all the way back to the very first poor people” (11). He knows that if his parents were not born into poverty, his mother would have gone to college, and his father would have become a musician. Additionally, on page eleven Junior says that his parents “dreamed about being something other than poor, but they never got the chance to be anything because nobody paid attention to their dreams.” Junior believes that he is trapped in this “circle” of poverty, and his dreams will be ignored just as his parents’ dreams had been. However, after Junior launches an old geometry book across a classroom, and it hits his teacher, Mr. P, in the face, Mr. P realizes something substantial about Junior: He has fought since his birth, beginning with the
Have you ever felt like you just needed an escape from any situation or you house for a while or have you ever felt like you were being neglected? In the short story “The Ascent” by Ron Rash, the story follows the life of a boy named Jared. Who is in a household where both of his parents are drug users and though to their best efforts do not do the best at watching or raising their kid. Jared has make-believe time in the woods to escape home as he does he stumbles across a crash plane the cops have been looking for and inside he finds a man and woman dead. He steals the woman’s ring and the man’s watch.
He always chooses to not let these actions such as harsh words or jokes or him being beaten physically keep him down. He starts to use humor as a survival tactic, he often describes the people trying to hurt him in a sarcastic fliptoned manner. Even when it comes to one of the things most important to him, basketball. During Juniors first game playing his old school on his new team the Wellpinit supporters turn their backs on Junior and the Reardan team, Junior comments sarcastically saying , "If these dang Indians had been this organized when I went to
Junior was born with water on the brain. He likes drawing cartoons and expressing himself in that way. He lives in a town called Wellpinit, with his father, mother, sister and grandmother. They also have a dog named Oscar. We get quite early in the story told that they are very poor, because on page 9-14 in the book, his family is too poor to afford veterinary care to Oscar.
The Rez Sisters by Tomson Highway tells a story of a group of seven Native women that live on Wasaychigan Reserve. The play highlights the struggles and hardships faced by those who live in these settlements. The sisters also further shed light on the internal conflict and individual struggles that each of the characters face. THE WORLD’S BIGGEST BINGO seems to hold the solution to all The Rez Sisters problems and seems to be an escape from their personal demons. Each individual regards the winning of the bingo as an inexplicable end to all of her individual problems.
Sergei’s said to the gold fish “ he wanted to take you from me.” (Keret 6). “ Nonsense” (keret 6) the fish says. Sergei’s choices that he made had a huge impact on his life he has no one to get close to now, since all the people in life leave at some point. A situation I can kind of relate to in this story is when Sergei uses his last wish to save the boy’s life. Sergei didn’t even know the young boy so he was thinking to himself why should he use his last wish on someone he barely knew.
Elvis has a secret; he has another family and son just by accident. When Yunior and Elvis visits the family in Santo Domingo, Yunior saw Elvis’s son, who has mosquito bites all over his legs and an old scab on his head, and naturally Yunior hug the boy. This is the first time Yunior shows empathy to someone. Probably, Yunior sees himself through the wounded boy since Yunior had much emotional damage to his heart. In addition, he just broke up with a law student and she left him with her baby, so Yunior might think if he had a baby, it might look like this boy.
Junior changed a lot since he went to Reardan Junior built up confidence and hope because, “Back on the rez, I was a decent player, I guess. A rebounder and a guy who could run up and down the floor without tripping. But something magical happened to me when I went to Reardan. Overnight, I became a good player. I suppose it had something to do with
They don’t have ability to retain what they cherish, like Oscar, Junior’s dog also one of his best friends, when it got sick his parents cannot pay for the treatment in vet. These made Junior believe they “deserve” to be poor, and he felt “small and weak” (Sherman Alexie, Why Chicken Means So Much to Me, “Absolutely true…”). On the other hand, just white people study in Reardan and their family are wealthy, these students there are “the smartest and most athletic”, also school provide great facilities. In Wellpinit Junior didn’t afraid to be poor, because everyone there are the same. But in Reardan, he tried to be the normal kids
Pi contacted with animals when he was very young. Therefore, when he was in trouble and afraid to solve the problem, his savagery will help him. “We fight to the very end. It’s not a question of courage. Its something constitutional, and inability to let go.