The Hardy Boys series written by various authors, all under the pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon has been around for a very long time. Their first appearance was in 1927, and they have survived numerous reboots and reprints since then. Part of their charm, especially for kids, is that, unlike Sherlock Holmes and other popular detectives, they are teenagers. Like their readers, they have school, chores, and church on Sunday. This essay will focus, as far as plot is concerned on the first book The Tower Treasure, the differences between the Hardy Boys and typical detective fiction, as well as on the cultural impact of the books. The Tower Treasure begins with the sons of private detective Fenton Hardy running an errand for their father. The errand and their lives are almost cut short, however by a speeding car that nearly runs them off the road. They survive the incident, and continue on, completing their errand successfully. They then detour to the farm of Chet Morton, a “school chum of the Hardy boys [who] lived on a farm about a mile out of Bayport” (Dixon 14). On the way to Chet’s they discover the car that almost killed them overturned. They examine the wreck to find that it has been abandoned. Upon arriving at Chet’s, they discover that his jalopy, the ‘Queen’ has been stolen. They drive into their hometown of Bayport, where they run into Callie Shaw. Callie accuses Chet of lending his car to someone who then hit her and ruined a cake she was carrying for a neighbor. They
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Walter Dean Myers’ memoir Bad Boy is about how he traveled back to his past. This book that he wrote is, funny, and unforgettable. As a boy, Myers had a quick-temper, was physically strong, and was always ready for a fight. He also read voraciously, as he would check out books from the library and carry them home, hidden in brown paper bags in order to avoid other boys' teasing. He aspired to be a writer.
The Outsiders, a novel by S.E. Hilton is set in Oklahoma in the 1960s, tells the story of a group of greasers that will always back each other up no matter what the situation. On the other hand, the play Our Town by Thornton Wilder, is set a small town in New Hampshire in the early 1900s that focuses on the lifestyles of common people that share common interests and live together as a whole community. Both stories emphasize the theme of cherishing life.
When Gayle Wald wrote, “Sayers’s career writing detective stories effectively ends with Gaudy Night” (108), she did not present a new argument, but continued the tradition that Gaudy Night does not center on the detective story. Barbara Harrison even labeled Dorothy Sayers’s Lord Peter/Harriet Vane books, Strong Poison, Gaudy Night, and Busman’s Honeymoon, as “deliriously happy-ending romances” (66). The label stretches the definition of a romance, but Gaudy Night indeed has very little to do with crime. Sayers encrypted the real story within her detective novel. This story behind the story narrates love and human relationships. In fact, the crimes in Gaudy Night only supply a convenient way for
The Breakfast Club is a movie about five students from Shermer High School who gather on a Saturday to sit through eight hours of detention. These five students; Andrew Clark, Claire Standish, John Bender, Allison Reynolds and Brian Johnson, have nothing in common. The Breakfast Club zooms in on the high school social groups and cliques that are often seen in the development of peer groups during adolescents. The peer groups that are portrayed in The Breakfast Club include, John “the criminal”, Claire “the Princess”, Allison “the Basket case”, Brian “the Brain”, and Andrew “the athlete”. The movie centers around an essay that Principle Vernon wants each student to write regarding who they think they are. In the beginning of the film, the
I chose to read Boy 21 because when I read the summary of the book, the summary said it was about this varsity basketball player, Finley who played the can to escape the town he lives in and the temptations around him. I believe this is one of the many good reasons for sports. I feel like many good athletes today do this to escape their problems. Judging the book by its cover it looks like it will be very related to a lot of kids. And it seems like it will be fun book to read.
In the historical fiction novel Miracle's Boys by Jacqueline Woodson it is about how twelve-year-old Lafayette and his two brothers Ty’ree and Charlie have to cope with both of their parents death and make do with nothing but each other. Both of the brothers, Ty’ree and Lafayette play a significant role in their parents death. Tyree, the eldest Bailey brother was a witness to his father's death he was incapable of saving him. Lafayette, the youngest brother was in a similar situation with his mother, that if he had reacted differently he could have saved her. These experiences are similar and different from those of their brother Charlie, who was not there for either of their parents death. All of the brothers feelings can be greatly affected
If you had a chance to go to college with an scholarship would you go even if it means leaving your only family behind? Darry is the oldest of the Curtis brothers. At twenty, Darry is the “old man” in The Outsiders a novel written by S.E. Hinton. He has two little brothers named Sodapop and Ponyboy. The brothers are greasers, a class term that refers to the people on the East Side, the poor side of town. They are known for their long, greased hair. Darry is devoted to try and be a parent figure for his brothers. He sacrifices everything and does everything he can for his little brothers, the only family he has left.
Readers who have never picked up on the Dashiell Hammett detective novel The Maltese Falcon 1930 or seen the classic 1941 film adaptation, which follows the novel almost verbatim, can feel a strong sense of familiarity, faced for the first time in history. In this book, Hammett invented the hard-boiled private eye genre, introducing many of the elements that readers have come to expect from detective stories: mysterious, attractive woman whose love can be a trap , search for exotic icon that people are willing to kill the detective, who plays both sides of the law, to find the truth , but it is ultimately driven by a strong moral code , and shootings and beatings enough for readers to share the feeling of danger Detective . For decades , countless writers have copied the themes and motifs Hammett may rarely come anywhere near him almost perfect blend of cynicism and excitement.
Nowadays, even though our society is less stereotypical, people are still classified into groups based on wealth or others, this could create conflict between groups. In the book, The Outsiders, written by S.E Hinton, the Socs are a high class based on people’s wealth, and the Greasers are a lower class because this group has a very low level in money. The characters should not be classified and placed into specific social groups because different classes can lead to conflict between people, cause depression and anger. There are three main points to support this argument. Firstly, Dally decides to kill himself because of his fearful struggles on the social groups and the death of Johnny. Secondly, Randy has no more force to fight with the Greasers because Johnny killed his best buddy, Bob. Thirdly, the Socs and Greasers are dissimilar social groups with different classes, this may result in battles between each other. First of all, Dally will be discussed about the conflicts he suffered.
The Breakfast Club was a movie delineating the interactions of five high school students from differing backgrounds encountering the obstacle of a Saturday detention. These five students were composed of a princess, a brain, an outcast, a jock, and most pertinent to this paper, the rebel, John Bender. John Bender is depicted within this movie as a careless and hostile character with some authority issues. An impulsive and uncooperative individual, Bender, in the detention for pulling the fire alarm, serves as a sharp juxtaposition to the other characters, often challenging the others on their perspectives. This contrast could perhaps be attributed to his home life, which is different from his four detention counterparts.
Fiction books have helped me know why people are so worried about bullying. I have read a book called The Brave when I was in eleventh grade for a free read that showed me how common and serous bullying can be. It has also showed me that our generation needs to learn to have respect for each other in and outside of school so bullying will start to go away. In books that I have read in school in the past that dealt with bullying were far worse than what people consider bullying today. In most cases the bullying is on a very serious level in books now a days and could cause the victim a lot of physical, mental, and emotional harm from what the characters say and do. Bullying inside and outside of school is very serious in this generation both
In 1911, G. K. Chesterton publishes “The Innocence of Father Brown”, a book with numerous detective stories that besides entertaining does a great job in describing the culture of England at the beginning of the 20th century. By looking into “The Hammer of God”, one of the stories, a reader also gets an insight into the life of a small English community. Mainly focusing on Wilfred Bohun, the protagonist of the story, a limited narrator gives a somewhat biased description of other characters. However, even the least important characters contribute to the realization that the English community from the early 20th century was not much different than other communities of that era. Since the quality of the community can best be evaluated from
While American and British authors developed the two distinct schools of detective fiction, known as “hard-boiled and “golden age,” simultaneously, the British works served to continue traditions established by earlier authors while American works formed their own distinct identity. Though a niche category, detective works reflect the morality and culture of the societies their authors lived in. Written in the time period after World War I, Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon and “The Gutting of Couffignal”, and Raymond Chandler’s “Trouble Is My Business” adapt their detectives to a new harsh reality of urban life. In “hard-boiled” works, the detective is more realistic than the detective in “golden age” works according to the
About a boy, written in 1998 by Nick Hornby explores the themes of mental health, 1990's culture and family through the friendship of two characters; Will, a thirty-six-year-old bachelor and Marcus, A 12-year-old outcast. In about a boy, the author has used a range of aesthetic devices that shape character representation. An Aesthetic device is an element that authors intentionally use to create intellectual/emotional responses in their novel. This analytical essay will explore how Nick Hornby has used irony, point of view and stream of consciousness to shape character representation.