Inner Demons and Endless Tunnels: Ellen Hopkins' Impulse

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The feeling of walking down a seemingly endless tunnel of shadows is overwhelming for a vast amount of people. The tunnel is as dark as the blackest part of night, and those individuals cannot see a shining light that represents a hopeful end to their troubles. Some experience an inability to recover from hardship or stress in their lives, while others may have a lack of self-confidence or sense of purpose. These are the people who have the hardest time seeing that light at the end of the tunnel and might do just about anything to find a way out. Nearly every individual going through a hormonal change can understand the raging war that is taking place between the characters and their inner demons in Ellen Hopkins’s novel, Impulse. An…show more content…
According to “Suicidal Tendencies: When Kids See Death As an Answer (Part I),” “Nationwide, boys are much more likely than girls to use guns or explosives in suicide attempts,” and “There are at least 100 attempts for every suicide among youths, researchers say, much higher than the estimated four attempts per suicide among adults” (Nazario). There are many other teenage males in the United States who are experiencing the same issues Conner faced, including the requirement for success and what they feel to be a lack of affection from parental figures. The frightening fact is most of these boys have the same access to a deadly weapon similar to the one Conner used. In Impulse, Tony is the character who has experienced the harshest past. He is a homosexual male who grew up in a house with an abusive stepfather. The day he overdosed on pills in an attempt to kill himself, giving others around him a reason to bring him to the doorsteps of Aspen Springs. Even though he has been through drug addictions, life on the streets, and six years in juvenile detention, he has become possibly the most enduring character in the story. Tony gradually opens up both socially and emotionally as his time in the psychiatric hospital continues. By the time he is ready to leave and return to a lifestyle that is not quite normal, although much more promising than his life prior to Aspen Springs, he is

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