The main character in Hatchet, written by Gary Paulsen, is Brian Robeson, a thirteen-year-old boy from New York City. Brian is a very important character. While he demonstrates frustration and anger at the beginning of the novel, his experiences in the north woods of Canada change his outlook on life forever. Brian's parents have just recently divorced, and this conflict between them has deeply affected Brian and his sense of stability. His parents’ split has disrupted his view on life, and he bears the burden of "The Secret," that is, the knowledge that his mother is having an affair with another man.
“The Nest,” a novel written by Paul Jennings explored the young and mysterious life of the protagonist Robin, a sixteen-year-old boy from Victoria. Through the use of significant and powerful themes, readers follow Robin’s progression from darkness that surrounds him to the understanding as he resolves his problems by understanding the past. Paul Jennings uses motifs throughout the novel, that reflect upon Robin’s dark thoughts that travel through his mind. The motifs are manipulated through the use of short stories, each story representing Robin and the metaphorical nature are central to the text. Readers are given a true insight on Robin’s dark past, along with the deep despair of never discovering how his mother died.
Antwone Fisher has been a victim of physical and emotional abuse for most of his childhood and for that has had difficulty throughout his life coping with situations appropriately, often resulting in him retaliating violently. Many factors such as education and traumatic experiences have also contributed to the man he has become in present day. Social determinism is a viewpoint in which influences and one’s past experiences predetermine your behaviour in the future. This belief is evident and Antoine Fisher's life as his current actions reflect the attitude of those whom have negatively impacted him in his past. In the movie Antwone Fisher, it is learned that Antwone was abandoned by his teenage mother, at the time, and that his father died before he was born.
The song ‘Perfect’ by the French-Canadian rock band, Simple Plan was released in 2003 and is the fourth single taken from the debut album, ‘No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls’. It details the inner and physical journey experienced by a young man, whom is reflecting upon his pressured childhood and his inability to make his father proud of him.Through the utilisation of a series of literary techniques, this piece of text explores how the pain and difficulty associated with self-reflection can make it a primal challenge within journey as well as demonstrating how through self- reflection one gains a greater understanding of themselves but also others which can be resultant in personal growth. Throughout journey, one experiences many physical and emotional obstacles which must be dealt with accordingly. Upon self-reflection, these obstacles and the way in which we acted on them can be confronting and also painful, making it a challenging experience. Through the use of writing in the first person and repetition in the text Perfect, the composer demonstrates their difficulty in looking back at their father’s brashness and lack of acceptance and how this played a primal role in their physical and emotional journey throughout life.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Essay Everyone has different and personal ways to deal with loss, there is no proper prescription for the loss of a loved one. The novel “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” written by Jonathan Safran Foer is the story of Oskar Schell, a very peculiar 9-year-old, who loses his father during the 9/11 attacks, as he embarks on a quest for closure. The novel also has a second story line of the tragic relationship between Oskar’s Grandma and Grandpa as they struggle in coping with their losses. The major theme of the book is loss, and the ways one comes to terms with this loss. Almost all the major and some of the minor characters have been affected by death of a loved one.
Suffering and pain, relationships and risk are major themes in Five Parts Dead and almost always explored in contemporary adolescent fiction novels because they are common topics that young adults encounter in their everyday lives. Suffering and pain occurs when you have a bad experience and hurt either physically or mentally as a result of it. There are many possible bad experiences that could result in suffering and pain, for example, in The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Choosby, the main character, Charlie experiences mental pain as a result of depression, his best friend's suicide and the memory of abuse, he says, 'there is so much pain and I don't know how to not notice it'. While Dan on the other hand in Five Parts Dead, suffers from both mental and physical pain from the car accident. Dan broke his leg in the accident and he feels 'like roofing nails are being belted into my busted foot', while he suffers mentally because he lost three of his best mates.
Ethan, while he is flawed, is also a victim of circumstance The tiny town of Starkfield, Massachusetts, formed the backdrop for Edith Wharton’s novel Ethan Frome, an intense novel that moves the ill-starred trio of main characters towards their tragic destinies. Of the main characters, the eponymous Ethan Frome is flawed, both physically and in lack of ability to communicate with everybody. Undoubtedly, however, misfortune and circumstance riddled Ethan’s world: crushing his dreams of becoming an engineer and restricting him to a life in Starkfield. Described through the eyes of the omniscient narrator, Ethan was a man whose “lameness checked each step like a jerk of a chain” and who seldom interacted with the townspeople. Highlighted within the opening two pages, Ethan’s flaws (both physical and of character) made him quite a distinguishable character in Starkfield and whilst everyone “gave him a greeting,” his taciturnity was respected and it was only on “rare occasions” that anyone ever stopped him for a word.
1 Red Badge of Courage: Literary Analysis In Stephen Crane’s Red Badge of Courage, on the surface, it appears to be about a young boy’s internal struggles when going off to war including: lack of courage, fear of being dishonored, and worst of all, being alone in his situation. As the book goes on, the motif of fear and courage show Henry’s process of maturing as well as emotional growth but also his final understanding of the true meaning of courage. Crane uses Henry as a way to convey his beliefs about war and how it is destroying the lives of our youths today. Toward the beginning of the story, Henry believes that being either wounded or killed in battle would be the only way to earn his “badge” and become accepted as a real soldier. Yet by the end of the novel, he matures and decides to redefine what he believes courage is because of the traumatic and courage-demanding scenes that tell the story in the Red Badge of Courage.
Discuss the ways in which Bronte portrays childhood in the opening of Wuthering Heights Where most of the other literature of the era shows childhood as a time of innocence and enjoyment, Bronte portrays childhood as a time of difficult, uncontrollable passion and confusion to be overcome by growing into adulthood. Heathcliff has an especially difficult childhood, as he enters the Earnshaw family as an orphan from a much lower class, meaning he has a lot to adjust to. Bronte doesn’t reveal where Heathcliff has come from, however through his characteristics we can guess that he perhaps had a difficult and violent start to life. This is shown through his violent nature and attitude towards Hindley, and he doesn’t seem scared or fazed by the way Hindley treats or speaks to him. For example “and down he fell, but staggered up immediately” and “he would stand Hindley's blows without winking or shedding a tear”, reflects how much stronger and tougher Heathcliff is in comparison to Hindley who has led a sheltered life.
This scene greatly illustrates how deeply traumatized Huck was regarding his battered childhood with Pap that he would go so far as to give away everything he has if only it meant he could avoid any future contact with Pap. I suppose this was how Twain laid out the looming battles and adversities which Huck would face with Pap as his character grows and evolves. It was comforting to know that Huck no longer feared Pap when Pap appeared in his room that night. Rina Cheah ENG 222 Reading Response Journal #2 As the novel of Huckleberry Finn progressed, I find the