In the novel “Bifocal” written by Deborah Ellis and Eric Walters, there is a character that proves to be very crucial to how the story plays out. That character’s name is Kevin. Kevin, while not necessarily being a bad person, does have some very negative qualities. It is evident throughout the book that he is reckless, competitive, and racist. The first quality that I noticed about Kevin was his recklessness.
But then people started respecting him and accepted him because they got to know him and he had some awesome basketball skills. At the Reardan, Arnold identify himself as the guy dating the prettiest girl in the school and the school basketball star. This conflicts with his life at the reservation. People call him a traitor and give him a whole lot of crap for going to the Reardan. This conflicts in his identity because he wants to be accepted
Sherman Alexie has brought himself into his writing by including some of his personal experience in this young adult novel. In the novel, a underlining plot in the story is Junior’s run through his freshman basketball season on the Varsity team at Reardan High School. He makes varsity after an intense battle with the teams best player, Roger. Even though he is the best shooter on the team, Junior felt he wouldn’t get a lot of playing time, which at first he doesn’t, but then he becomes the teams spark plug, their 6th man, averaging 12 points off the bench. When came time to play his former school, Wellpinit, he started his first game.
Stereotyping in “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” In Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”. Junior is negatively affected by stereotypes about American Indians. He stereotypes all American Indians as poor, stupid and dirty. When he tries to escape all of these stereotypes he transfer to Reardan , a white school , and finds out that other people stereotypes American Indians in the same way. The main theme of this book, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” (by Sherman Alexie), is about Junior trying to find strength and hope to accept himself.
Beowulf always wants attention and to know how others view him, but he is also a outcast. Beowulf is a balance between beginnings and endings of youth and age. Beowulf and Grendel had a constant theme in common it was how much they both focused on what others thought of them then actually turning into what the humans viewed them as. Grendel and Beowulf are two different types of heroes, Grendel is considered a anti-hero and Beowulf is considered a stereotypical hero. In Grendel he is a anti-hero because he
I was born in a era where men wore tights and the basketball heroes were the legendary Larry Bird, and the indefatigable duo of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. It was the era of showtime where the rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers was in full swing. Basketball always excites me. It was my first love. I can remember having to try out countless of times for our high school varsity team, but I was always told to sit in the stands because I was too small.
Junior’s Poverty One’s achievements are based on how hard one works. In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, We are introduced to Junior a young Native American boy who wants to better himself and not follow in the same footsteps as his family or others in the reservations. He brings it upon himself to change schools and become someone, other than just another poor drunk Native American in the Rez. He is faced with many obstacles for leaving his school in the reservation and going to Reardan, an all-white school in the white part of town. During his experience he finds the true meaning of friendship, love, hope, as well as poverty and loss.
Ryan Peete English 1A Ramos 1/16/13 Minorities Trials And Triumphs Based on the true story of Coach Ken Carter (Samuel L. Jackson) and high school basketball team the Richmond Oilers, Coach Carter helps out a discouraged coach as he takes on the job as the new head coach; However, he slowly begins to apply his hard and rigorous workout routine to show the young athletes how to stretch not only the body but the mind as well. When the team and the parents cause animosity about how grades aren’t more important than basketball, Carter locks down the gym and ultimately canceling practice and games in an attempt to make the Oilers winners on and off the court and strive for a future. In the film Coach Carter, Carter although insensitive to the n-word, strives to teach young minority student athletes to respect each other, gain an education and lose their stereotypical thug personas. In the film Coach Carter the n-word is used very loosely and asserted throughout the movie by the diverse group of athletes to identify each other as brothers are friends, not knowing they are being bias, not only to themselves but to others around them as well. Timo Cruz one of the primary actors in this film has shown himself to be a lost street thug who has no aspirations in life but to play basketball and sell drugs.
Dorian develops a fear of aging so he tries to live his life as if it was his last day on earth. He gets carried away and practically addicts to pleasure; his unconventional actions result in him feeling guilty and miserably. The attempts to fix his mistakes prove to make the situation even worse. It isn’t Dorian’s fault that he turns out the way he does –a pleasure seeking and self-conscious maniac, in turn showing the readers that his actions are practical. Basil, a painter, paints a portrait of Dorian which changes for the worse every time Dorian does something selfish.
As a symbol of independence, he wears a red hunting hat, which he grows fond of during the course of the novel because it displays uniqueness and individuality. He uses the hat to prove that he is better than everybody around him, therefore not needing to interact with them. Holden rebels the adult world around him he views as full of “phonies”, searching for innocence and truth, despite the fact that many of his actions would define him as a “phony” as well. Holden is sensitive and can be overly emotional at times. After the death of Allie, he dealt with the event by breaking all the windows in the garage “just for the hell of it”.