The Wednesday Wars
Holling Hoodhood is the star of this book Is a 7th grader that talks about himself throughout this book he also lives in the “perfect house” Holling is very “eager” I say this because at the beginning of the book it shows that it was compulsory for Holling to do chores for Mrs. Baker. Another example of him helping Mrs.Baker was in the scene when he helped the chores around the school like cleaning the chalkboard eraser and trying to clean the rat’s cage but failing by letting them go by accident.
Holling Hoodhood is very obedient like the scene where he tells his dad that Mrs.Baker hates his guts his dad tells him that she ( Mrs.Baker) is related to the Hoodhood and Associates and if he does something bad he might ruin their alliance. So then Holling follows his dad’s orders and does the right thing.
The most important scenes that shaped Hollings’s personality were in the chapter where he was brave enough to play as Ariel ( a fairy) in Shakespeare, but he had to wear yellow tights and feathers on his buttocks despite Holling being mortified, moreover, his friends were impressed by his performance.
Another scene that changed Holling’s personality was in the scene was Holling gave a baseball to Mickey Mantle (a famous baseball player) so that he could sign it but he refused to sign his baseball. Danny ( one of Hollings classmates), who just got his ball signed, gives it back to Mantle in a show of solidarity for Holling. This lesson means that friendship is better than famous people.
Another lesson that he learns is in January, Holling had the audacity to save his sister by getting hit by a bus, after saving his sister Holling was on the floor and when he stood up his sister was crying and said: “you saved me” and Holling gets his picture in the paper. The lesson Holling learned was that his sister doesn't hate him after all. Another lesson Holling starts reading Shakespeare each Wednesday with Mrs. Baker and Holling initially thinks this is the worst punishment of all. But soon, he begins to enjoy The Tempest and The Merchant of Venice. he especially likes the way the character Caliban curses.
Another lesson Holling learns Holling's dad and sister fight about politics, and Dad tells her she'll stay home and work for him rather than go to college and become a flower child. She eventually runs away to California to "find herself." Then After 1, month Holling's sister calls him from Minneapolis, crying. She wants to come home, but doesn't have the money. So Holling cashes in the savings bond he won and uses it to help her find a way home. He finds a ride to the station to pick her up when his parents refuse. Even though his parents refused Holling still went to go get his sister when she came back, she said that she was grateful to have a brother like him.
The lessons that Holling learned are that his sister does love him, and Mrs.Baker isn’t all that bad because toward the last chapter of the story Mrs. Baker takes the kids on an end-of-the-year camping trip, which, despite the rain and bugs, is a memorable experience for Holling. He enjoys spending time there with Meryl Lee and watches what he considers to be a miraculous sunrise.
I conclude that Holling is better at the end of the book than the beginning. The reason why I say this is because, in the end, he realizes that Mrs.Baker and his sister don’t hate him but they love him he also learned he is capable to do many things. He also discovers people’s personalities like Mrs. Baker she was a former Olympic medal winner in track. Holling also finds himself and what he wants to be. 2019-12-02 04:29:03
Sacrificing for Success
Thomas Merton an American Catholic writer, monk and mystic had once said:
A person does not simply "receive" his or her identity. Identity is much more than the name or features one is born with. True identity is something people must create for themselves by making choices that are significant and that require a courageous commitment in the face of challenges. Identity means having ideas and values that one lives by.
His idea of identity is for one person to understand what they want to be and be who they want to be. Identity is what’s rare and special about everyone, this is how people can recognize each other for. Even though Thomas Merton believes that people should be created by the people themselves, literatures like “Graduation”, “Shooting an Elephant”, and “PICK ANOTHER ONE” shows that identity is something people are given from others.
In “Graduation” by Maya Angelou, Maya realizes that no matter what she does or how hard she works she’s always only going to be identified not by her abilities but by her skin color. In that point of lifetime people of color in her society were only labeled as “maids and farmers, handymen and washerwomen”(Angelou 474). They weren’t able to be better than the whites. Even though Maya went to school she knew she couldn’t be anything other than a house cleaner. This is something she has no control over, she has no ability to change her skin color, all she can really do is show people her abilities as being a house cleaner.
In “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell, Orwell was identify as a elephant murder. Orwell was put under pressure when the elephant was destroying the Burmese people’s property. They wanted him to shoot the elephant even after it had calmed down but he “knew with perfect certainty that ‘he’s’ ought to shoot him”(Orwell 583). He had to do it because in Lower Burma a large group of people didn’t like him. The only way he can get the respect he thinks he deserves was to shoot the elephant and make him seem like someone who he really isn’t. Even though he didn’t actually want to kill the elephant he did it “solely to avoid looking a fool”(585) in front of the Burmese.
In the novel “In Cold Blood”.
Even though identity can be something that is created from themselves
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