After Paul is given a duty to make a deposit for his employer for 2,000 dollars, he faces temptation of a lifetime to flee all his problems, and experience the life of an upper class citizen. Paul was raised by his father, and did not have a female figure in his life to guide and care for him. In turn, he struggles in school and does not take his authority figures seriously, while always disrupting class. His teachers sensed something troubling about Paul. “I don’t really believe that smile of his comes altogether from insolence; there’s something sort of haunted about it.
He is born and then he is separated from his dear mother. Christopher is brought up by his father and is living his life without his mother, assuming she is dead (26). His life is very unusual because Christopher believes he can achieve many goals and tasks as well. However, the people around him seem to have no faith in him. When he wants to do ‘Level A’ exams, the principal thinks he is incapable of doing so (43-45).
Unfortunately, things don’t always go according to plan, and Logan ended up dropping out of school, and started working at a local grocery store. While working at his grocery store job, he sees some of his friends from high school and feels ashamed that he made a mess of his life without any clear path or goal to success. After that encounter, he realized that he had a second chance. He went to the community college that fall; and opted to become a leader rather than a follower. When a student is not trying to do well in a subject, or in school altogether, there is nothing anyone around them can do to change that; it must be the student’s desire and decision to turn things around, and do the best they can.
B1 ”Sports Leader” is a short story written by Jane Rogers and published in 2012. It takes place in England where our main character lives. He is sixteen years old and has not passed any of his exams in order for him to go to college and get his Sports Leadership. He lives with his foster mom and she gets him a job so that he can earn some money, stand on his own feet and stop laying around the house watching television all the time. He gets a job as a window cleaner.
However, Wes Moore who grows up to be the author was raised by a single mother because his father passes away due to a misdiagnosis. The other’s Wes Moore dad is not a part of his son’s life by choice. The author’s mother is a college graduate, prioritized education, and fight to find her son opportunities when she see that he is struggling to find the right path. The other Wes Moore’s mother never wants her sons to end up involved in drugs and robbery, but is unable to meaningfully intervene. Wes Moore, whose mother places him in private school, feels stuck between two words: his rich classmates and the kids in the neighborhood.
Because of this dream to get out of the area in which he lived, Paul hardly ever got along with his teachers and his father. The thought of taking full advantage of his education, the method of ensuring that he would get away from Cordelia Street forever and be able to live life the way he saw fit, never occurred to him. Instead, Paul dreamed of living life in high society. As a matter of fact, Paul dreamed his way OUT of school; he was removed from school by his father, after Paul let his dreams get away from him and out his mouth. He was put to work with all hopes of succeeding, and reaching his dream drifting farther and farther away.
In “Black Swan Green” by David Mitchell, twelve-going-on-thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor’s life is on the brink of collapsing: his parents are arguing, he is repeatedly bullied for his stutter, he has broken his grandfather’s prized watch. Yet Jason already acts different from the usual thirteen-year-old boy. He finds comfort in the nearby woods, names his personal problems, and writing poems instead of securing himself in a core group of friends. So naturally he turns to older people, though not his parents (“Their arguments’re speed chess these days”), for advise in an attempt to escape the bullying and teenage conflicts (223). Unlike other teenagers he listens to them, and in return, they show respect.
Biff didn't have the same drive that Cory had but he still loved the game, it was a lot easier for him to be more interested in football when he had the support from his father. Cory and Biff both wanted to make something of themselves through football. This never happened for either of the boys because Cory's father wouldn't sign papers for a recruiter that came all the way from North Carolina just to see Cory, as for Biff he never passed his math class which kept him from graduating. Even though the boys didn't make a career for themselves out of football they both still treasured the sport, maybe even more than their own father. Cory and Biff both had unusual fathers.
In the essay, “Can’t Forget the Motor City”, the author Paul Clemens analyzes the questionable relationship between his childhood and adulthood.. He tells the story of his childhood and how he “became bookish in a house without books.” Though Clemens tries to “shed” his white trash identity and create a life better than the one his parents had, he understands that his past will always be apart of him and therefore affect him. His father will always be a representation of his past, and though he never comprehended him as a boy, he learns to appreciate his father as an adult. Clemens uses pathos to persuade the reader that while one’s past does not always dictate the future, it definitely plays an influential role in one’s life. Clemens’ story is similar to the life of protagonist Jay Gatsby, in the novel The Great Gatsby.
Krissy Smith This book is about a nine year old boy named Bruno who, because of his father's job, has to move from Berlin to the coutryside of Poland. In his bedroom window, Bruno sees a fence behind some trees which he sees people in striped pajamas. These people are Jews, and they are in a concentration camp. One day his parents tell Bruno and his sister Gretel that they are going to be homeschooled and have a tutor, so they hire a man named Herr Liszt. Bruno thinks Herr Liszt is a very boring techer.