Family Values and Corruption
“ Blood makes you related , Loyalty is what makes you family . “ In Walter Dean Myers’ short story “ the Treasure of Lemon Brown “ explores the values of Greg Ridley ; a 14 year old boy who wants to play basketball but can’t because of his low grade in math . Then in John Steinbeck’s The Pearl an uneducated man named Kino found a great pearl that corrupted his values . In both “ the Treasure of Lemon Brown “ and The Pearl , the main characters experience conflicts that change their views on what’s important in life . In “ the Treasure of Lemon Brown “ Greg Ridley wants to play basketball but , his dad won’t let him due to a low grade in math . Greg’s dad exclaims “‘ And you want to play basketball ? ‘ His …show more content…
In the end the text states “ Greg pushed the button over bell marked Ridley and thought of the lecture he knew his father would give him , and smiled . Greg’s smile shows that his conflict is resolved because he understands that his father cares about him and his education . Greg understanding is a result of Lemon Brown’s story about his son and he knows that all fathers are alike - they all want the best for their children . But in the end a chance conversation with a stranger was enough to change Greg’s values so that he values his father more than anything else . However everyone’s values aren’t changed so easily …show more content…
In both stories , both of the main characters lost sight of the values of family and their good intentions . In “ the Treasure of Lemon Brown “ Greg runs into the night to escape his dad and studying , but after a change conversation he sees what his dad wants for him and the love behind it . In The Pearl Kino values a pearl more than his family . but after losing his son he sees the true evil and sin that which is represented . Then finally in the end , one thing people as a whole should never lose sight of their families and that no matter what they do they have good intentions
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“Blood makes you related, loyalty makes you family”-Unknown. This quote relates directly to my story “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner. Barn Burning is a story of family, loyalty, and morality and answers the question “how far does loyalty to family go?”. This story follows a boy named Sarty that is at the age where he starting to figure out what kind of person he will be in life. Sarty is a fascinating and dynamic young boy that faces a major ethical dilemma.
Throughout one’s life, one tends to adapt to the traditions of their family, and gain a significant bond with their loved ones, including their siblings. However, that connection a person gains can either be diminished or forgotten due to a sense of different mindsets between family members. The two stories “The Rich Brother” by Tobias Wolff and “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin indicate that sibling rivalry occurs when each member does not understand or acknowledge their sibling’s perspective, and this builds a wall barrier between the siblings.
The thugs looked over to find where the howling was coming from and Lemon Brown lunged himself at them, causing himself to roll down the stairs. The thugs went outside of the house and after awhile they left. After seeing how much Lemon Brown adored his treasures, Greg realized that his dad caring so much for him meant everything. Greg now appreciates the lectures about decisions he was trying to make. Greg’s treasure was his relationship with his father all because of Lemon Brown’s story.
Many individuals say that a person is a product of its surroundings. And for two young men from Baltimore, this could not be any more accurate. In “The Other Wes Moore” by Wes Moore, the author talks about two young boys who shared the same name and the contributions they did in their lives that made them turn out the way they are. Both Wes’ grew up in similar environment with tough childhood and without the presence of a father. Where one becomes very successful and a Rhodes Scholar, and the other is heavily involved in the drug game and receives a life sentence in prison for serving a part in a murder of a former police officer.
During the novel the reader can notice that there are copious different lessons the characters learned. The principle theme in the novel is that love and forgiveness are essential aspects in a family. The ending of the book seemed quite sudden and leaves you asking a great deal of questions. What happens
In the book I read SLAM! By Walter Dean Myers at the beginning of the chapter. The dad was mad because Greg has a tutor now and the dad doesn’t think the son need a tutor. Also the dad is mad at Greg because he knows that Greg can do the work but Greg doesn’t make it palatable with his mind he wants to be stubborn and joke off in class and is lazy with his school work. Then when school was over Greg went down to 135th street to talk to Ice Mtisha’s cousin about them being friends again.
Once her anger passed, Bonnie would usually apologize to her son, but after a time, Greg didn’t even hear it anymore” (Anderson 42). This quote identifies that the life he has at home is never the way he expected it to be and he always got into fights with his parents. When Anderson said, “his mother would rip into him about something- his grades, his appearance, his choice of friends,” it helped me understand the reason why Greg acts the way he does. His mother would constantly find a reason to make him feel less of himself; not being
The book “Forged by Fire” by Sharon M. Draper is a book with many themes and lessons we all can learn. One of the themes that this essay will talk about will be about loyalty. For one thing, loyalty is a strong feeling because it’s something that comes from inside of a person to have faith in someone. Also the fact that we’re all loyal to someone, someone who’s special in our lives and plays a major role in our lives that drags us to support them no matter what. In this book, Gerald gets abused by his drunk, ferocious father whom he absolutely abominates.
Lemon is not the best parent in the world, but his son loved him and he loved his son. This lesson is emphasized when it demonstrates Greg’s father is the same way. Walter Dean Myers shows a theme of everyone has a valuable treasure by, when Lemon shows Greg his treasure.. When Lemon first meets Greg he is skeptical because he thinks Greg is trying to steal his treasure.
Jones, and does pay attention to the thugs besides that they needed to get out of the building. The text reads as such, “As Gre howled, the light moved away from Lemon Brown, but not before Greg saw him hurl his body down the stairs at the man who had come to take his treasure.” This shows that Lemon Brown has less regard for the person compared to Mrs. Jones, as Brown’s assailants present a bigger threat. Nonetheless, He handles the situation much different than Mrs. Jones
This was a human being, dying. This was the only time there was going to be someone with those eyes and those ears and that way of breathing through her mouth and that way of building up right before a monster laugh with her eyebrows all raised and her nostrils flaring a little bit. This was the only time there was ever going to be that person, living in the world, and now that was almost over, and I couldn't deal with it” (Andrews Loc. 276). This excerpt shows the characterization of Greg. Also, it shows how his philosophies change over the course of the story as a dynamic character.
In Rot & Ruin, the author uses the theme of family being important. Here is a example of the theme from the book “He barely liked his family-and by family he meant his older brother. Tom.” The conflict is that Benny and Tom do not have a good relationship and have grudges against each other. If you hold grudges against your family or do not have a good relationship with your family, you will have no one to fall back on and you will be by yourself.
This affects Greg emotionally after the fight, as his father does not accept him; thus causing Greg to believe he has failed his father since he follows his dreams and not anybody else's. Greg’s sister, Sharlene, also struggles throughout her discovery of what she wants in life. Sharlene develops an understanding through her brother’s exploration of his life. While talking to Greg she reaches her peak of maturity surrounding the struggle he is going through, “‘You understand what I’m saying?’... ‘Yeah.
His idiosyncrasy remains loving and understanding, even when his younger son returned home after many of been away with not a penny to his name. The young son showed disobedience to all the goodness his father had offered to him. The young son showed traits such as selfishness as well as being ungrateful. He had no worth for his father’s property nor did he want to work alongside his father on the family farm.