Many people, including students, are losing their true selves in society. Instead, human beings are united in their shared experiences, many of which include struggles for survival. Society’s contemporary struggles, however, are for something else, which often include the search for identity. Establishing identity is a universal struggle that all humans experience. For most teenagers, in particular, as they start to search for their adult selves, there is no worse time in their lives than when they don't know who they truly are. People tend to feel that they are not good enough. Since this is such a common aspect in life, it illustrates as a theme in many narratives. In “Seventh Grade,” Gary Soto demonstrates the universal struggle of establishing …show more content…
Bueller. Victor demonstrates an identity struggle through the perspective of an adolescent male. After Victor embarrasses himself in front of Teresa and his entire French class by pretending to speak French, he is devastated. Soto explains that Victor, “was too weak from failure to join the class. He stared at the board and wished he had taken Spanish, not French. Better yet, he wished he could start his life over. He had never been so embarrassed. He bit his thumb until he tore off a sliver of skin” (Soto 3). This demonstrates Victor’s struggle with identity as he attempts to make himself seem more capable than he actually is. Victor lacks confidence with identity because he is one of many teenagers who is not sure of what he knows and what he doesn’t know. Success often revolves around being the best and winning in life. Males are often pressured to hide …show more content…
After homeroom ends, Teresa was stalling by talking to the teacher so that she could have a chance to meet up with Victor, Soto writes, “Only Teresa lingered, talking to the homeroom teacher. ‘So you think I should talk to Mrs. Gains?’ she asked the teacher. ‘She would know about ballet?’ ‘She would be a good bet,’ the teacher said. Then added, ‘Or the gym teacher, Mrs. Gaza.’ Victor lingered keeping his head down staring at the desk” (Soto 2). This demonstrates Teresa's struggle with establishing her identity because she if she were confident in herself, she wouldn't need to linger in order to talk to Victor. She is not trusting her identity and who her true self really is. Teresa lacks confidence with her identity because she doesn't have the confidence to do or say what she likes. If Teresa was more confident in herself, she would have told Victor how she feels about all of this. When it comes to establishing identity, Teresa needs to realize that her identity is what is most important. She cannot follow someone else and keep her identity hiding forever. That will not lead her to the path she thinks it will.Teresa's struggle as an adolescent female demonstrates how other adolescent females are led to believe that they cannot take an initiative. This is not only untrue, but it can also be damaging to a young girl's confidence, which is clear in Teresa’s case. From Teresa's
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Seventh Grade by Gary Soto is a story based on the first day of school at a middle school where the main character is a boy named Victor Rodriguez witch was in Seventh grade. In the story Charles wrote in 1948 a little girl named Laurie is always getting in trouble, Thus She makes up a fake name for herself to keep her parents from knowing it. In the story Seventh Grade by Gary Soto the narrator develops the setting by giving details about how the school is like the emotions that people go through.
In the short story, “Seventh Grade” by Gary Soto, Victor is a seventh grade boy who is a big daydreamer, shy, and somewhat ignorant. For example in the story Victor tries to impress his crush, Teresa, in French class and attempts to respond to the teacher’s statement in French, “La me vave me con le grandma,” his teacher asks him to speak up and he mumbles, “Frenchie oh wee wee gee in September.” Embarrassed, Victor stays silent for the rest of the period. This shows that Victor was more focused on impressing Teresa than the class itself which led to this event. He was unprepared, raised his hand and realized he didn’t understand French at all
In the story “Seventh Grade” by Gary Soto the setting took place on the first day of school where Victor meets this girl named Teresa that he really likes he thought that this year would be the year he ask’s out Teresa. This also took place in Fresno, CA where it is really really hot so Victor wants to take French because he might move there, but he has no idea how to say anything he just tries to impress Teresa by scowling and trying to speak French, but it dosen’t really work out. He doesn’t really like his classes like, French or math so he tries to hide in the back so he can’t get called on, but he tries to act like he knows what he is talking about to date Teresa. One day the teacher calls on him and he starts saying random stuff in French to impress the girl, but one day he actually impresses Teresa and Victor ends up teaching her French.
In the story “Seventh Grade”,By (Gary Soto) the main character learns to be someone that he is not, but at the end learns to be himself through his embarrassing moments. In paragraph 5 it states that,” He scowled and let his upper lip quiver and girls looked at him.(Soto)This proves that Victor is not being himself and tries to be a good looking person by scowling, he,thinks that the girls like him now because he is doing that. On the way to his homeroom, the text says,“Victor tried a scowl. He felt foolish, until out of the corner of his eye, he saw a girl looking at him”.
In the story “7th Grade”(by Gary Soto) a boy named Victor tries to impress a girl, but he ends up embarrassed. In the text Victor has a French class with the girl he wants to impress(the girl’s name is Teresa). So since he wants to impress her when the French teacher asks if anyone knows French Victor’s hand goes up. Then the teacher asks him a question in French and Victor replies (mumbling) something about his grandma(p42-44). After the teacher asks him another question and victor replies(mumbling again) something having to do with September(p45-47).
Seventh Grade Though Victor thought that he embarrassed himself in French one day in “Seventh Grade” by Gary Soto, it explains how he changes from the beginning to the end of the story. Victor likes this girl named, Teresa and wants to impress her in french. To begin, Victor goes to Spanish and the teacher, Mr. Bueller, asks the class who knows French and Victor raised his hand to impress Teresa. In the text, “Mr. Bueller asked if anyone knew French.
Victor embarrassed himself many times in the story seventh grade. In the story “Seventh Grade," Soto states that Victor's friend told to him that scowling makes girls think that boys are smart, so Victor tries it and some girls laugh. Victor is doesn't really know it , but the girls were laughing at him, because he looked pretty stupid doing it. Victor did not learn a lesson ,because he thinks the girls are laughing at him because he is good looking. Victor also got embarrassed because, he was in the same French class as Teresa, a girl he really liked.
And good in math, too.” (Soto1) I think Mr. Buller is a good friend and teacher is because he told Victor of when he had a girlfriend but that story really didn’t help Victor and he’s a good teacher because he didn’t embarrass Victor. Because of Victor saying that weird french
In the short story “Seventh Grade” Gary Soto incorporated foreshadowing. To start foreshadowing was a big part of the story, for example, “They would stand, one arm around a beautiful woman, with a scowl on their face.” Its says just before this quote that Michael had read a CG magazine, and believed a scowl would impress girls. And so, this specific quote foreshadowed that victor and michael would try to scowl, and in turn impress the girls at their school. In addition to scowling there was this quote, “He raced to the metal shop.
In the story, “Seventh Grade,” Victor, the main character, tries to enamor a girl named Teresa, in the process he embarrasses himself but through persistence, he ultimately succeeds. For instance, the author, Gary Soto, writes in paragraph 12 that, “Victor tried a scowl, he felt foolish until in the corner of his eye he saw a girl looking at him. Ummm, he thought, maybe it does work, He scowled with greater conviction.” As the evidence concludes, Victor is flustered, because he felt foolish. Also, he still persists with the humiliating actions, even when he is getting looked at like he was weird.
Ever wondered about the reason why people are the way they are? Many people call this identity. This is seen best through the book, Speak. The main character, Melinda, goes through a continuous journey through high school, trying just to survive. But what shapes her identity through that journey?
Seventh Grade” by Gary Soto, is a short fictional story that incorporates many elements of literature to entertain the reader. The theme of the story is to make good impressions, due to many instances in the story. Victor's friend, Michael, learned to scowl to attract girls, and to give him a more handsome look. Victor wanted to leave good impressions on girls, so he tried out the scowl as well.
Good Afternoon ladies and gentlemen, The chief task of adolescence is to confront the crisis of identity versus identity confusion so as to become a unique adult with a coherent sense of self and a valued role in society. Identity according to Erikson, resolve three major issues, the choice of an occupation, the adoption of values to live by and the development of a satisfying sexual identity. Adolescents who resolve the identity crisis satisfactorily develop the virtue of fidelity that is, sustained loyalty, faith or a sense of belonging to a loved one or friends. A failure to form a coherent sense of self can greatly delay reaching psychosocial adulthood.
Adolescents find their identity in a multitude of ways, in this writing, I’ll be explaining how some find their identity. Then I’ll explain how identity can be hindered due to everyday problems. You also will find out about some theories that are still accepted today how identity development. Adolescents often find their identity based on what they find out throughout today’s world. They will often experiment with different roles they learn about in various social settings.