Summary Pages 1-39 Birgit Neilsen is a privileged girl from Grandview High. She finds herself in trouble when three girls in her art class choose to torment her and assault her. She vows revenge on the three girls and recruits 3 other students, Mickey who is a foster kid from Creekside who goes to Grandview, Peter who is in the eleventh grade, on the football team and also Birgit’s boyfriend, and Whisper, whose real name is Winston who is also on the football team. The four students agree that Grandview High has become too dangerous for the students and devise a plan to wipe the school of bullies forever.
The Bird taunted Louie, beating him unconscious often. He had a deep hatred for Louie, but Louie didn’t let fear and despair overwhelm him. Louie and other prisoners rebelled against the guards, stealing and feeling the satisfaction of doing something defiant. Louie never lost hope during those awful years, and it was worth it. When America won the war, Louie went home, thrilled to be with his family, yet he was plagued with PTSD and alcoholism.
In Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, the main character, Melinda, is in a state of depression following her rape the summer before high school, and undergoes several emotional states. Ironically, her school mascot changes frequently and typically at the same time as her mood. The first connection pertains the name of the old mascot, The Trojans: "Merryweather High—Home of the Trojans" did not send a strong abstinence message, so they have transformed us into the Blue Devils. Better the Devil you know than the Trojan you do not, I guess” (Anderson 4), which ties to the Legend of the Trojan War and her rape. The school decided on the Blue Devil, which is a fish that when it sees it's enemy they will hide or turn completely black until
He tapped the pane 3 times with his claw… The bird spread his wings and flew up into the maple tree. She grabbed the broom…went outside and shook the branches of the tree… ‘Go,’ she shouted…the bird…flew off into the night”(Otsuka 19-20). The bird is the strongest representation of the theme in the novel. It was taken into captivity by the family and put in a cage
She feeds the bird, talk to the bird when she needs to talk to someone, and the bird was the only noise she hearted inside the house like a kid would do. When she finds out her husband broke her bird's neck, so she went in chock him the same something her husband did to her
Her thoughts bother her as she lives her daily life in the unsettling house. At the same time, thought of her cheerful past haunt her. The loss of her bird-like, cheerful personality and the loss of her canary led to her murder her
After reading, Tears of a Tiger, The First Part Last, and Distracted to Death, I can say teens are careless. The reasons I say this is because, the three texts discuss issues like teenage pregnancy, drinking and driving, and texting and driving. These issues have been the cause of several deaths. Most teens make their decisions through emotional circumstances. It is important to educate teens on these issues to prevent future problems.
In chapters 14 and 15 of Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer becomes more than just an investigator or a narrator, he becomes a character. He tells his story of climbing the Devils Thumb, which exposes the similarities between himself and McCandless. This aids to his understanding of McCandless’s motivations, without ever meeting him, due to the parallels in their personalities and family issues. Chapter 14 is devoted to Krakauer’s story about his youthful love for mountain climbing. At age 23, he plans to do a dangerous climb on the Devil’s Thumb in Alaska alone. “
That scene was extremely intense and the climax was immensely unique. It had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t believe how much of a plot twist it was. After she died a bird flew away in the barn and that could have symbolized something awful will/has
In addition, her choice of killing was to the neck with a rope as is similar to the way Mr. Wright killed her pet bird by wrecking its neck. Figuratively in this story, the bird is Mrs. Wright therefore, her killing the bird meant that she was close or already had killed Mrs. Wright’s true personality. The thought of this is what made Mrs. Wright rage vigorous from her cage as the thought of the constant oppression and the murder of her pet that influence her to reach for the rope. This scene is what drove Mrs. Wright to insanity as the constant nagging of abusive behavior and isolation is what made her leave her cage and remove the problem that was impeding her escape to
So after Rufus and his mom talked about everything she had missed, they both traveled the world and Rufus entered chess tournaments for money. In the end, I think that the theme is to accept your fate with good grace because even though Rufus had a terrible life, he still made everything work and he looked at the brighter side of
“ “...but then the darn bird died a few weeks after we got him… so I just went back to the pet store and got a new one.” “Sweet Pea was sort of a series of birds.” ” (Page 4, Rachel Vail) This shows how the mom comes clean, and Ashley learns the truth about Sweet Pea. This supports the theme because Ashley learned the hard truth that her many birds had all died, and now that she is older she has to learn about it.
(82). In this quote, the author relates the black bird to Yolanda’s childhood. When Yolanda was a child, it is clearly shown that she had an interest in writing. From the train incident to the teacher’s day speech she is asked to write, Yolanda is not afraid to speak her mind. However, as an adult she decides to stop writing.
Daphne du Maurier’s short story “The Birds” is a piece of fiction that displays many literary elements. This story displays suspense, foreshadowing, and imagery. By using these literary elements du Maurier creates an intense story that leaves the readers wondering what happens next and wanting more. First, foreshadowing is used to reference events that will happen further into the story.
Birdie is not an easy read, an unexpected fact, considering the woman who penned it, Tracey Lindberg, is a lawyer and professor by trade. The difficulty in reading the novel comes not only from its harrowing subject matter but also from the way the story is told. It’s non-linear and jumps back and forth from the present to the past. At the start of each chapter are poems, which often transform characters into animals, such as Bernice Meetos/Birdie who longs to return to the tree, Pimatisewin. The story doesn’t entirely belong to Bernice however, as the chapters tell the story of Beatrice from the voice of five different women- her cousin, aunt, mother, landlord and herself.