The main protagonist in Unwind is Connor Lassiter, a sixteen year old rebel who found his unwind order form when looking for a stapler in his dad office. Connor was a rebellious teenager who got into fights with his parents and at school. He is stubborn, impulsive, and very easily angered, which means he often loses his temper. He has three emergency modes, while most people have two. Fight or Flight. Connors has fight, flight, or screw up royally. As the stores progress Connor becomes more rational and is able to control his anger, of course this is with the help of Risa. Now in the whole series the main antagonist is the whole idea of being unwound. However each book has their own antagonist other than being unwound, in Unwind its Roland Taggart. When Roland and Connor first meet they both have a mutual dislike for one another. Roland is very similar to Connor in the sense that they were both troublemaker, expect Roland was much worse than Connor. Roland was sent to be unwound because he beat up his stepdad for beating up his mom, which in turn his mom sided with the stepdad. Roland puts up a tough front but he is just as scared as everyone else when it comes to being unwinding.
Does Vinny really mean it when he says Joe-Boy is his best friend In the story, “The ravine”? Vinny and Joe-Boy are 15 year old boys that were born in Hawaii. They are heading to the ravine to swim and jump off a 50 foot precipice.Vinny and Joe-Boy are best friends . Also Joe-Boy and Vinny are different that doesn’t mean they’re completely different, they are still similar in a few ways, they might be friends , but they are also very different and still alike.
Everyone is a product of past experiences, Vahan Kenderian is no different. Vahan was a twelve-year-old child from a wealthy Armenian family living in Bitlis, Turkey during the Armenian genocide in the early 1900’s. Within a two day span, Vahan’s life begins to fall apart, his father is taken away from him, two of his brothers are killed in front of him, his grandmother is also killed, and his sister kills herself. Vahan and his older brother fortunately escape, but are forced to abandon their mother and sister. Vahan then begins his journey to flee to Constantipole. During his journey, he encounters many people along the way who teach him life lessons. Firstly, his father Sarkis Kenderian gives strength and guidance to Vahan. Secondly, Ara Sarkisian the coppersmith teaches Vahan that home is not made of materialistic things, it is a feeling and time takes away everything. Lastly, Selim Bey advises Vahan to worry about himself, and to pick and choose his friends carefully. Therefore, Sarkis, Ara and Selim teach Vahan the most through their interactions and change his character for the better.
Jimmy knows too well the agonies of abandonment. First, when his mother, Cecilia, ran away with Richard to pursue a better lifestyle. Then, due to his father’s, Damacio Baca, alcoholisms and violent behavior; he also had to leave Jimmy behind. In spite of the drawbacks from abandonment to being a maximum security prisoner in Arizona State Prison, Jimmy preserver’s the darkness of prison by overcoming his illiteracy. However Cecilia and Damacio is not as fortunate as their child; Cecilia is shot by Richard after confronting him for a divorce and Damacio chokes to death after he is released from the detox center(Baca 263). Therefore the most significant event in this section of the memoir, A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca is the death of Jimmy’s parents.
Through help and hurt, throughout the novel, Vahan Kenderian an Armenian twelve-year-old boy, experiences all kinds of different emotions and encounters many different types of people. These people help him reach the end of the Armenian genocide. This novel first takes place at Bitlis, a province located near the far east of Turkey where mass amounts of Armenian people were located at the time. This genocide occurred during 1915 to 1918 and started because the Turkish government felt threatened by the Armenian people. Consequently, more than 1.5 million Armenians had perished and in 1918 the genocide had finally ended. Vahan being a very spoiled and vulnerable boy in the beginning of the book, meet various people that throughout his long journey help him change and grow in many traits he did not possess before. One of the many people that help Vahan grow as a person is Ara Sarkisian, the seventy-five-year-old Armenian coppersmith from Sivas, teaches Vahan that your real home isn't located anywhere else except for your own heart. In addition, a girl who lived with the German Consul named Seta not only showed Vahan how to truly love, however, also teaches him not to get attached or else you’ll end up getting hurt in the end. Lastly, one of the most important people in Vahan’s life would be his father Sarkis Kenderian. His father shows a full understanding of how being strong in this world will always let you prevail in the end. In conclusion, Ara Sarkisian helps Vahan
The protagonist, Vahan Kenderian, is a spoiled naive child who loses his family in the Armenian genocide and now he must go on his own journey that will last more than three years. He will have experienced more mental and physical pain than any other child his age. Vahan will encounter new people that will change his character for the better. Therefore, the three characters that Vahan meets and influences his character the most is Sarkis Kenderian, Selim Bey, and Mustafa.
Far too often in history, a person’s negative or evile views have influenced others to commit terrible atrocities. In the 1930s, Adolph Hitler hated the Jews and blamed them for the declining economy, high unemployment rate, and other ills in the world. Because he was a master orator , he easily convinced the German citizens to agree with his views, including the belief that the Jewish people should be punished, causung their mass execution during World War II. In recent years, leaders of various terrorist cells have used similar tactics of vengeance, brotherhood, and patriotism, recruiting impressionable young adults, promising eternal salvation as a reward for torture, murder, and even suicide. Closer to home , in Massachusetts during the 17th century, a few people negatively influenced normally snae, religious, and honorable Puritans into believing witchcraft had taken a hold over the community. What evidence convinced such religious people it ironically and hypocritically offer torture and mass hangings as a
A little more than 35 years ago, a man named Jim Jones shocked the world when he led almost 1,000 of his followers in an act of mass suicide; amongst those dead were more than 270 children1. On November 18, 1978, Jones and his followers drank Kool-Aid laced with cyanide in what he had presented to them as a peaceful escape to injustices of this world. The Jonestown Massacre was an incredible tragedy that sent waves through the whole world. Though the event was tragic, scholars have used our knowledge of what happened in order to deepen our understanding of cults, religions, and how both can influence people’s decisions.
But their guilt from the in just trials and punishments has blackened their souls, and yet they continue to perform their evil. Condemning the innocent to protect their eminence and presence in this town.
In Salvation and Suicide David Chidester analyzes one of the most chilling events in history. In 1978 Jim Jones orchestrated a mass murder-suicide killing 914 Jonestown citizens. Following this event the media posed the question “What is the relation between religion violence?” Chidester using evidence to support an understanding of why the people of the People’s Temple could commit mass murder-suicide and follow the teachings of Jim Jones. Chidester gives a brief description of the events and of Jim Jones life leading up to the massacre, giving insight to Jim Jones’ childhood. Furthermore explaining Jim Jones understanding of religion, and his reasoning for creating an unthinkable event.
Vardaman is the youngest child of Addie and Anse. Throughout the whole novel Vardaman did not seem to quite understand death. Although his age was never given we can assume he’s much younger through his childlike thoughts and how he speaks like a kid. He was traumatized from his mother's death and would deal with it in many different ways. In Vardaman's thoughts comparing his mom to the fish he had caught made perfect sense.
Poverty introduces a massive issue around the world for millions of people. Jess Walter and Razia Sultana Kahn hit on this problem strongly from two different cultures in their stories. In Anything Helps and Alms both characters find themselves impoverish, without families, and struggling to survive by manipulating other to benefit their situation.
Mr. Freeman is not attractive, a crease in his nose, and has a grasshopper body with long legs like a stilt-walking circus guy.
Patience, compassion, motivation, and kindness perfectly portray Hana Christensen. She is always looking for someone to help and enjoys building new things. Hana always knows how to put a smile on one’s face and sets an amazing example to her peers.
Jack, Jacques or as they call him, Sarge. He was born in Montreal and a few members of his family were in the military. Sarge was a soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces and his last mission was a peacekeeper based in Rwanda where he felt guilty for not saving many victims from the genocide. The guilt was mainly the reason why he can’t live his life like a normal person would. Jacques lives in a tent and doesn’t have a permanent home, he have a family, but lost in touch since the peacekeeping mission. Sarge depends on alcohol and drugs to get away with his hopeless life, he thinks that these are the only way for him to forget about what happened in the past. The past haunted him in almost every day of his life, everywhere