From the book Crispin the Cross of Lead by Avi, the 13 year old protagonist Crispin started off as a runaway from his home in Stromford Village after his mother died because he was wrongly accused of thievery, thus resulting in him being declared a wolf’s head. While on the run Crispin met Bear, who challenged him, protected him, and taught him. In the end, Crispin’s new self was challenged as he risked his life to save Bear in Great Wexley. Throughout the story Crispin matures tremendously, starting off as timid and sinful, then growing to question his background and be more courageous, and finally becoming free and brave.
"It is strange that all of this is still so clear to me, now that the summer has long since fled and time has fled its way. A grindstone stands where the bleeding tree stood, just outside the kitchen door, and now if an oriole sings in the elm, its song seems to die up in the leaves, a silvery dust. Doodle was just about the craziest brother a boy ever had"(416). In the story "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst the narrator wanted a brother that he could wrestle and run with but, Doodle was handicapped and the narrator was embarrassed. The narrator causes Doodles death by getting him too excited, pushing him too hard, and leaving Doodle when he knows how bad his condition is.
His master, Bear, helps open him up as well, he teaches Crispin to be independent and to do what he likes. “ Crispin, there’s an old saying: ‘If you have to choose between alertness and worry, being alert will bring you more days of life.’” (132) Bear is telling Crispin to stop worrying about what is going to happen and to start thinking about his own thoughts and what is happening at the moment. Crispin is not used to this so he is reaching about uncomfortably, finding the way meant to. “To my surprise there was a relief in speaking.
In the novel entitled The Outsiders, written by S.E. Hinton, fourteen year old Ponyboy Curtis is faced with the deaths of his beloved parents. Now under the care of his oldest brother Darry, Ponyboy and his other brother, Sodapop, are forced to stay out of trouble to avoid being taken away to a boys’ home. However, these brothers are members of a gang referred to as “greasers”, which poses a threat to their good reputation. Throughout the novel, Ponyboy struggles to determine whether or not it would benefit his brothers if he were to be taken away to a home. Though it is difficult for the family to live a somewhat normal life, Ponyboy deserves the opportunity to stay with his brothers.
Asta is his very poor, very average mother. One day he stumbles upon a conversation between the town steward and a stranger that is meant to be kept secret. For a reason that is unknown to us at the time, the steward, who goes by the name of John Aycliffe, deems Asta's son a wolf's head, this means that he is no longer human and any man can kill him. Crispin flees, after following the instructions of the priest, he stumbles across a town where he is captured and made slave to Bear, a bulky activist. They go on a mission to make money and reach Great Bexley, along the way dear taught Crispin how to sing, play and dance, all the ways he made money.
Avi’s book Crispin the Cross of Lead, is a historical fiction book filled with adventure and excitement. Crispin the Cross of Lead is about a boy who was born into poverty and goes through many hardships and trials with his companion to find his true identity. Through developing boldness, courage, and self-respect Crispin changes from a young helpless boy to a young capable man. Throughout the story, Crispin developed boldness through his many trials.
The book I’ve been reading is called A Dog’s Journey. Written by W. Bruce Cameron, this story is about a dog named Buddy, whose entire lifetime was based upon finding his purpose. Buddy had believed that he had found his one purpose, that being, to care and serve his boy Ethan, whom he loved very much. He fulfilled this purpose and made Ethan very happy but after he lost his mate, he thought that his life purpose had been completed. However one day on the family farm, a baby by the name of Clarity had aroused his curiosity.
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee explores this idea of judging others before looking at the world from their perspective. Scout and Jem, although raised in a prejudice town, learn from their father Atticus that who a person is racially, does not define them as a person. Although the children make up stories about Arthur “Boo” Radley to pass the time in part one of the novel, in part two the Tom Robinson situation widens their eyes to the biased ways of their town. In the end, Jem and Scout are rescued by Boo Radley, the very person they feared during their childhood. Mockingbirds are used as a symbol in the novel to portray the fact that innocent and caring people are sometimes the most abused.
My Brother Sam is Dead Informative/ Explanatory Essay What would you do if your family got torn apart by war? In the Historic novel, My Brother Sam is Dead, a fifteen year old boy, Tim, has to live with his family getting torn apart by war. Tim comes from a Tory family, and when Sam, Tim’s older brother, joins the Patriots in fighting the Tories, the family is shocked. The authors, James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier, convey the message about family values being more important than anything, through the use of different literary elements: Internal conflict, External conflict, and Irony.
Introduction The story of Oedipus the king is gloomy, yet captivating. Going from a child bond around the feet and abandon by the mountainside, to marrying his mother, his story is intriguing. In search of the truth about the prophecy and putting an end to a plague Oedipus, search for king Laius’s killer, did somethings inadvertently, making him a tragic hero. His search for truth in the death of Laius the king, as well as his birth led to the ultimate destruction and downfall of his life.
Crispin: the Cross of Lead Saint Giles is not only the patron saint of beggars and cripples, he’s also the patron saint of Crispin. Saint Giles was a simples saint, a protector, and is a very appropriate saint for Crispin to look up to. To give some background knowledge, Saint Giles was a simple man. He lived his life in solitude because he learned that his blood was of nobility, and he did not want to be noble.
Meeting Bear helps Crispin transition into finding his new identity because he is telling Crispin to treat him more as his equal than his elder. For example on page 94 it says, “‘And don’t call me sir, he snarled.’ ‘Why?’ ‘It’s servile’ ‘But you’re my master’ His answer was a growl.”
When Crispin finds a living person, he got the urge to go up to him. He is forced to promise to stay with this new man, Bear, and that was his first, with many to follow, discovery that he madekes. In order for Bear to keep Crispin in a servile way, he made Crispin swear “on the sacred name of Jesus” (chp. 18 pg 81). Also, when Bear discovers that Crispin has a cross made of lead, Bear demands to see it, and he reads the writing on the side, refusing to tell Crispin what it said.
Relationships are strange. As we all know, everyone has a relationship with at least someone. Usually, people change in the process of the relationship, as they start to adapt to the real features of it. However, people can have different types of changes. We can have a negative or positive impact on the person we have a relationship with.
"The very essence of civil liberty certainly consists in the rights of every individual to claim the protection of the law, whenever he receives an injury,” said Chief Justice John Marshall. The laws during this time did not protect Crispin. Some would agree that Crispin should have killed John Aycliffe. and some would disagree. Crispin should have killed John for three reasons, because young Crispin was in danger, cruel John was trying to attack him, and Crispin could save his friend Bear.