The protagonist of Tears of a Tiger is Andrew “Andy” Jackson. Andrew is seventeen years old and plays basketball for Hazelwood High School. During the story, sometimes Andrew is playful and loving, but at times he becomes very depressed. As quoted (Draper 164) Andrew states “It’s not that I want to die- it’s just that I can’t stand the hurt and pain inside to go away,” this sentence states that (at the moment) Andrew is very overwhelmed and is contemplating suicide. Other times he is a really cool and a fun person to hang around with. One student wrote (Draper 174) “...cracking jokes with the teacher, charming the girls with that freaky smile, and laughing when you flunked one of those pop quizzes… I wanted to be like you- popular and likable and well known.” Andrew was a very cool and popular person.
The antagonist in Tears of a Tiger is depression and guilt. Andrew is getting really depressed, because he has the guilt of killing his best friend, Robert Washington, who died in a car accident, by drinking and driving. Everyday as the months go by, the guilt and depression begin to grow. Andrew may seem happy sometimes on the outside, but in the inside Andrew is mentally and emotionally damaged. Suicide is one of the biggest antagonists. At the end of the book, Andrew commits suicide because he is tired and fed up with the stress and guilt.
The conflict Andrew faces are external and internal. Externally, Andrew faces judgement from the
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Tears of a tiger is a novel about a boy named Andy. Andy had a really terrible drinking and driving accident with his friends. One of his friends, Robbie, died and Andy feels completely guilty for his death. Throughout the book he showed signs of depression and his problems kept progressing socially, emotionally, and performance-wise. Depression, a frighteningly common disorder. “Depression has symptoms such as talk of death, rapid mood swings, expression of guilt, troubles of finishing projects, too little sleep and complaints of headaches, and trouble keeping friends” ( Teen Health Wellness p. 4-5). These symptoms were all present in the novel to the main character. For example, after the car crash that Andy’s best friend Robbie died in, his talk with the psychiatrist was “ ( Andy) Well if you say so. But I really am okay now. I have headaches sometimes, and I can’t sleep some nights, but I feel a whole lot better than I did right after the accident. How did you feel then? (Psychiatrist) Like a piece of crap. (Andy) Why? (Psychiatrist) ‘Cause it was my fault that Rob died. I was drinkin’. I was drivin’ (Andy)” (Draper p.43) This quote just presented expression of guilt, too little sleep and complaints of headaches. Another example is when Andy and Keisha (Andy’s girlfriend) started to slowly depart from each other when Andy had these rapid mood swings on Keisha and got so unacceptable for Keisha that she ended their relationship. That displayed Andy not
In this sometimes heartbreaking, inspiring novel, Rob Horton, a glum,twelve year old boy living his sad, lonely life with his dad, was wandering through the woods one misty Florida morning when he finds the most unexpected creature, a beautiful tiger. A real life glistening tiger, locked up in a cage. On the same outstanding day he meets a fierce girl named Sistine Bailey while in school. Together, with the tiger always in their hearts;guiding them and leading them to make choices, they go through heartaches,happiness and loneliness. Also, despite their opposites,they uncover the meaning of true friendship and learn that the most important things in life, can’t stay hidden forever. In my opinion, this book teaches an important lesson. I think the lesson taught in this novel is inspiring, and is something worth-while. I think this book teaches you that you can’t focus on your past, and you can’t keep the whole world locked up forever.
The author creates this relatable point of view by giving the reader a look into the thoughts that are rushing through Andy’s mind as he is realizing that he is in his last moments of his short life. As Andy is lying in the rain, blood pouring out from the wound on his body, he thinks about his girlfriend, Laura. Andy thinks about how “Someday he would marry Laura.”(Hunter 1), a common thought for teenagers to have. Reading how sixteen year old Andy is already thinking about marrying his girlfriend is so relatable, yet silly for teenagers to believe. Reading this gives us empathy, realizing that Andy is still a child, a child with hopes and dreams, just like any. Right before Andy takes his final breath he starts to regret being a royal, and sadness that his life would be cut short at only sixteen years, only to be remembered as a gang member, starts to overcome him. Andy is realizing he had “never done anything, never seen anything, never been anywhere”(Hunter 6). This concept creates a sadness and relatability in the reader, especially young readers. It is sad to have the thought of being in Andy’s position and regretting what has been accomplished in life. This is also relatable because teenagers, at one time or another, have the realization that life can be over any second, so you have to live it to the fullest and make
Unlike the lamb this poems meaning is something different I believe. In my opinion this poem can be interpreted as a response to the industrialization that Britain was going through during the time of Blake. I think we first see this in the title “The Tyger” or tiger misspelled. When you think of a tiger you think of ruthlessness, ferocity, fast acting, just as the industrialization of Britain. This theme is very common through out Blake’s pieces as we see it in almost every poem. It is present in “The Chimney Sweeper” and “London”. Blake paints an image of what the tiger represents through out this poem and its harsh nonetheless, which further makes me believe that he is talking about the revolution. I believe that the description of the tyger that Blake gives us an insight to think that it is unpleasant and hurtful, not necessarily the tyger itself but the revolution that is tied in with it. We see the word “dread” repeatedly used in describing the tyger and we can draw a conclusion to say that it puts an emphasis on the pain and suffering that was
Tigers are amazing creatures that have gone through several evolutionary changes from the beginning of their species. A modern day tiger is most recognizable for their pattern of dark vertical stripes on orange fur with a white underside. The largest modern day tiger in record was eleven feet tall and weighed 387 pounds. In the terms of science tigers are under the classification of roaring tigers and the scientific name of a tiger is Panthera tigris. But in order to learn about about the evolutionary changes of the tigers of today; it is important to look at the the core definition of evolution itself and the history of the adaptations that lead to the modern tiger. The adaptation of various ancestors shaped the outcome
Tears of a Tiger is a novel that reflects on the life of teens and the possible consequences that can take place due to bad decisions. The novel was written by Sharon M. Draper and first published in 1994. Tears of a Tiger depicts a story of a group of popular basketball players, who win their game and go to celebrate. The boys decide to ride with the main character “Andy” and have a couple drinks but end up in a tragic accident leaving one friend dead at the scene. The background of the novel portrays loyalty, care, and betrayal. In Tears of a Tiger, Sharon M. Draper uses symbolism to portray characterization.
The book tears of a tiger is written by Sharon M. Draper and was published in 1994. The book tells the aftermath of 17 year old Andrew Jackson killing his best friend, Robert Washington, in a car crash after driving while impaired. The story heavily includes the turmoil that was caused from Rob’s death and the repercussions Andy faces after the accident.
In the novel tears of a tiger author Sharon Drapper develops the theme bad support system by showing the adults in the protagonist Andy’s life and how they should have helped him but failed to do so. The author also tries to inform the reader and make them think about who their support system is and how they help them and also for the readers to compare the support systems in the book with the support system in their life. Draper develops the book by using the theme bad support system by showing that Andy’s psychiatrist and coach are not good enough to figure out and is hiding under the smile that he shows them and how they were falling for it very easily. As the author stated on page 114 “[Andy] no real problem.
Throughout the book Dry Tears, Nechama and her family have gone through many obstacles that no person would ever wish to go through in life. The family has had to sacrifice many things. For example; their pride, their beliefs, and most importantly, their identity. Nechama and her family have traveled to many locations and lived with different families in order to survive. The type of resources I would consider they had, were the people who helped them along the way. Though I am drawn to the thought that luck played a giant factor throughout the book as a result of the family being able to avoid most interactions with the Nazi's during the unexpected raids and having to hide their identity's when traveling. Nechama and her family are fortunate enough to have made it through the holocaust due to the amount of resources provided to them by the families that helped aid them during the war, the many altercations that were avoided throughout the raids, and also the amount of risk they put themselves through in order to survive. From my perspective, Nechama and her family survived WWII and the Holocaust due to a mixture of luck and the resources given to them.
Sharon M. Draper in the suspenseful novel, Tears of a Tiger, illustrates the depression that goes on inside of a person when losing a loved one or friend. Draper supports her theme by illustrating what goes on through the mind of the protagonist, Andy Jackson, and what led him to committing his suicidal actions. The author’s purpose is to raise awareness of how the loss of someone close can lead to multiple scenarios. Survivors tend to blame themselves for what happened and may become depressed and often suicidal.
In Tears of a Tiger and Wonder the characters become the Rebel. Andy from Tears of a Tiger lost a friend named Robbie after a horrible car accident. Andy was driving the car while drunk which made him get into an accident and Rob didn't make it out alive. Andy turned into the Rebel after killing his friend because he was so depressed. In comparison, Julian from Wonder also becomes the Rebel. Julian is a 5th grade student who is very popular. Julian never like August when he came into Beecher Prep. Julian writes horrible notes and puts them in August’s locker and mimicked his friends. He also got almost the whole school to turn on August just because he got punched in the face by Jack Will who is one of August’s friends. Andy in Tears of a Tiger and Julian from Wonder are the archetype The Rebel because their goals are to disrupt , they fear a lack of power, and turned to violence.
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I can relate to B.J. from Tears of a Tiger to my own life. I can relate my life to B.J more than any other character. The first reason I can relate myself to B.J. is because I do not drink. “ Yeah we was drinkin’-- all cept’ B.J.-- he don’t drink.” proves that B.J. does not drink just like me. Another reason is I am to short to play basketball just like B.J. An example from the text is “ Naw, B.J. don’t play on the team-- he’s too short, but the four of us hang together.” And the last reason I can relate to him is because I do not pray very often like B.J. I pray in bad emergencies. “ I know I don’t pray very often, and I know you haven’t seen me in church lately, but I feel like I need to pray or something.” I have friends that I hang out
The irony in “The White Tiger” shows the corruption in India. Balram Halwai is a student in a school with a teacher that does nothing but sleeps and lay around because he hasn’t gotten his wages for six months. While Balram is looking at this teacher he thinks “You can’t expect a man in a dung heap to smell sweet. Every
Written by Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger tells the story of a man who went from living with nothing to someone with everything he could ever want. Balram Halwai grows up in “the Darkness,” an area of India where, among other things, family was the main source of life and contempt for family was of the utmost evil. When he decides to find a job outside of his social circle, Balram’s family implores him to send money home to sustain them. He finally hits his final straw when his grandmother begins to try to force him to be married, something he does not have interest in and knows it will take away his independence. Once he disconnects from his family, he is able to be himself, free from his former life that tied him down. As Balram Halwai embarks on his journey to become successful as the “White Tiger”, the social concept of family breaks down, thus giving way to him finding his independence.