In the short story "Rite of Passage" by Doug Beardsley, the narrator is an inexperienced but determined hockey player. At the beginning of the story the narrator is unable to succeed as well as the other players "…I'd missed yet another check…" More importantly he is incapable of playing hockey at the same level as his brother. The narrator does not have great agility in his skating technique, yet he is still determined to do all he can to succeed “I don’t know what I did but it worked.” He was able to get around his brother and score a goal on his own. After scoring a goal, the narrator no longer feels below his brother "I received a new, quiet respect from my brother." He felt his brother respected him and his new found skills as a hockey
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In his article“ Should Bodychecking Be Banned?”, Kolby Solinsky insists the justification of bodychecking in sports. The author argues about the idea of Canadian Association, which prohibit bodychecking in the House Leagues. According to his personal experience, Solinsky indicates that he was fond of bodychecking in spite of his lack of physical qualification in his house league; moreover, Solinsky mentions bodychecking in terms of a way to improve himself saying “I wouldn’t have been a real hockey player without contact-without hitting and beng hit.” Additionally, the author addresses the implication of body checking in case that it would be prohibited to prospective youth player. He proposes that these children will always feel cheated
Brent was now 16 years old, and was on the New Haven high school basketball team. In his Sophomore year, he had won the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award. He had faced his challenge of becoming a one armed basketball player, when he was 7 years old. Nastier remarks then can be thought about in the human language were spoken. Brent did not let this get to his head, with the undenying thought of going all-pro in the sport he loved.
In this riveting story about two friends doing what they love. They experience loss and redemption to get themselves out of many situations. Finnie along with many others suffer many great losses. One thing many people admire about Finnie is his ability to redeem himself and turn a bad situation into a good one. Loss is often viewed as a bad thing, it can lead to many sad/scary feelings and emotions.
Eric Walters’ novel, Power Play, illustrates hockey culture in an evolving fashion. Power Play tells the climactic story of Cody, a bold and determined boy struggling with the downfalls that come with advancing in his hockey career. Cody’s prosperity in being drafted to a Junior A team seems to be an incredible blessing for him; He would be in another city, away from his drunk of a father, he would be taking the next step towards his dream, playing in the NHL, the Show, and he would be doing it all with his new Coach that discovered and mentored him and offered to bring him to success, Coach Connors. However, Coach Connors begins to manipulate, repeatedly sexually abuse and threaten Cody, which forces Cody to spiral downwards into deep depression
Despite these tough circumstances, Tootoo became the first ever Inuk to play in the NHL. One of the challenges that impacted Jordin the most was the loss of one of his best friends, his brother Terence. Tootoo’s journey to overcome challenges such as a brother’s death, alcoholism, and self-discovery, demonstrated how he was able to seize the opportunities and overcome his challenges. Jordin’s brother’s death played a significant role in his life as it left him damaged and emotionally unstable, which ultimately led to his abuse of alcohol.
Surviving Alone The ‘Rite of Passage’ by Richard Wright has a preeminent place in the literary world because this book teaches a lesson of survival, white power, and influence. Wright is an American author who wrote novels, poems, and short stories. He is best known for his book ‘Black Boy’ and ‘Native Son’. The book ‘Rite of Passage’ written by Richard Wright is about a 15 year old boy who has straight A’s in school and the people he has lived with all his life is not really his family, which leads to his debacle journey.
They say everyone goes through the rite of passage; however the way people went through it is unique. Rite of passage is the transition from one phase of life to another phase. This can be seen in the book The Goose Girl written by Shannon Hale. Where the readers follow the main character Ani's journey, through the stages of rite of passage. Ani's separation in the rite of passage is when she is forced to run off into the forest.
Hockey arouses Saul’s interest in doing something fulfilling once more. He develops a sense of purpose. The narrator states, “Father Leboutilier brought me hockey books and answered all my questions. His passion for the game was contagious” (Wagamese 58). Thus, hockey gives Saul the chance to start healing emotionally.
This was a smart move by Saul and it shows that he wanted to improve his skills. Saul was determined to improve his skills, which was very smart because he had to play with the older boys one day. He got to play with the team because a player got injured during a scrimmage, and Father Leboutilier said to Saul, “Well, I suppose you can fill in for the scrimmage” (69), and that was where Saul’s hockey career began. Hockey helped Saul immensely. It helped him have a break from all of his worries and clear his mind; it allowed him to have some fun for once.
It is like a breath of fresh air, in contrast to the somber and heavier sections mentioned previously. It”s a noteworthy part of the story because it drives the plot forward, as the author displays Saul’s newly found passion for hockey, as well as his brotherly bond with his teammates. In the text, the reader is introduced to concepts such as laughter, expression and freedom. This demonstrates that, in the midst of the most gruelling and sorrowful times at the residential school, Saul has finally found a safe haven. The spirit of the game is an excellent outlet to distract him from the everyday upheaval and abuse.
Rajeh Alhajeri Christian Petersen ANTH 1100 04/26/2015 A High School Graduation In every society, there are certain times when the members of society move to a different point, or social role, in their lives. Often, these role changes are marked by rituals or ceremonies, which symbolize a move from one social stage of life to another. These ceremonies are also known as rites of passage, which are completed in three phases: the separation phase, the transition phase and the incorporation phase.
For the simple joy of playing hockey Saul sacrificed so much. “I used the game to shelter me from seeing the truth, from having to face it everyday.” Page 199. As the reader later finds out he gave up his innocence, state of mind, he put everything into hockey giving up so much. “...
In John Updike’s poem “Ex-Basketball Player” the poet uses literary devices to depict the existing way of life of a once-famous sportsperson. Flick Webb was in before times a gifted athlete on his high school basketball team, and he was commendable of much awe. However, Flick never acquired any other skills to prepare him for a future. Accordingly, he now is locked into an unskilled job and his former glories have pale to all but Flick himself. Updike has created a character that is at this point in time going nowhere and spends most of his time thinking about his former days of glory.
Do you like to read sports book then this is your book to read, filled with action and tons of problems and sports events. I am reading the book Full Court Press by Mike Lupica this book is about a group of boys that live in downtown Chicago. The boys that are on the basketball team are always trying to do their best during the games. Unfortunately the coach is kind of a grumpy old coach that doesn’t like how the team works together and wants things done his way, also he loves to swear at the kids there isn’t a point in the book where he’s not happy with what they have done. In this journal I will be predicting, connecting, and questioning to what’s going on in the story.
In the poem, “Becoming and Going: An Oldsmobile Story” by Gerald Hill the speaker is traveling down a road in the Fort Qu’appelle Valley. He notices his father and his son are also driving down this road. The speaker then begins to list the two men’s characteristics. As he lists them we see that the father and the son have both similarities and differences in their personalities.