Bridge to Terabithia- Bullying

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Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. But do they? Friendships are one of the most valued aspects in life, starting at an early age right through to old age. What is a normal family? There are many different types. Bullying, friendship and family experiences are a part of growing up, that fill our childhood days. When did you first experience bullying; friendships and family experiences? It was probably most likely during your childhood years. The book Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson explores these 3 elements in great detail, capturing real events that we can all relate to happening in our own childhood. Bullying is prevalent throughout Bridge to Terabithia. It is shown in the character of Janice Avery. Janice is a girl that comes from an abusive home, like most bullies of today. Janice tries to intimidate all students, verbally, physically and emotionally by taking their money to use the toilets, stealing their food and pushing students around on the bus. Katherine Paterson is right on the mark describing how students being bullied feel. It is the same feeling for students these days. The humiliation, anxiety and fear are all symptoms of bullying years ago or currently. Friendship is present through Bridge to Terabithia. Jesse and Leslie become the best of friends. These two characters stumble and find they have many common interests, such as running, drawing and the magical world of fantasy. It is easy to relate to this story. How many of us at first think negatively about someone and once we get to know them they become very good friends. It’s about taking a chance and building on friendships that make this book warm and believable. I believe good friendships take time to establish for anyone and the strongest are made during our childhood. There are so many different kinds of families thought
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