Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie

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Ike Okoye Mrs. Hill 9th Gifted LA Period 3 29 August 2012 What is it about the thorny nature high school that makes freshmen transform into different people? According to David Lubar’s Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, protagonist Scott Hudson and many other freshmen struggle from lack of sleep, lots of homework, and bullies. Not only does Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie provide humor and suspense but it also describes a realistic image of freshman year of high school. In Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, Scott Hudson’s experiences are expressed using allusion, irony, and characterization to create a greater understanding of the plot. The author uses allusion usually to describe protagonist Scott Hudson’s interest of reading. Allusion is the making reference to other novels, myths, etc. He makes inferences to books like Ender’s Game, To Kill a Mockingbird, Kubla Khan, The Waltz, The Princess Bride, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Outsiders and many more. Allusion creates an understanding of the plot because it is vitally descriptive of some of the rising action leading up to action and falling action leading to resolution. Without allusion, some of those actions would not make as much sense because they are not open to as much reference. Allusion is so important in Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie because without the references, the personality of the Scott Hudson might change and since the story revolves around him, the plot would change too. David Lubar uses irony in Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie to add suspense, therefore adding a greater understanding of the plot. Irony is used before almost every major event in the plot. Scott joins multiple clubs just to get closer to Julia and it all backfires. That is the greatest example of irony in Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie. The most commonly used irony is situational while verbal is barely used. Finally, characterization
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