Karen Russel’s “The Star-Gazer’s Log of Summer-Time Crime” accounts the story of a boy named Ollie as he attempts to fit in with a boy that leads the group to commit “Summer-time crimes”. Russel is successful in creating a memorable story through symbolism, unique characters, and a poignant ending. The main protagonist is conflicted between being true to himself or being what Raffy wants him to be and do. There are several examples of symbolism throughout the story including Ollie’s favorite constellation-the Gemini Twins. When Ollie’s twin sister Molly, realizes he has been hanging around Raffy, Molly proceeds to call him a “faker” and “phony”. She points out how much a friend Raffy is if he does not even know Ollie’s favorite …show more content…
He would continue to go down his own path, continued his star-gazing in all of its glorious “un-coolness” had he not allowed Raffy to influence him. The characters are extremely striking as each is fairly developed. The dialogue in this short story in particular, helps readers understand who the characters are. Raffy had a penchant for the derogatory phrase, “bitch” when it comes to dealing with people he does not like and even his own friends, among other profanities. The level of respect, or rather lack thereof for his friend Marta is very telling as he has no qualms to refer to her in such a crass manner. Also, even if he does have some feelings for his friend Petey, he still forces unkind pranks on him and unkind words. There are even clues for as to why the characters are the way they are. Ollie mentions that he does not know of Raffy’s parents or where he stays. This is very telling as Raffy does not seem to have positive parental guidance. Marta’s mother is noted as being wrapped around the arm of a new guy, drinking at a bar, referring to one of them as a “gentleman caller”. Perhaps, the reason why Marta has feelings for Raffy, despite how poorly he treats and objectify her, is because it’s the way she watches men treat her mother. Ollie himself is in conflict between being a “fake” in order to maintain a semblance of friendship with Raffy or being who he is. Ollie has a father that is very much interested in
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Summer break after a long year of tortuous academics, teachers, classes and the gleaming light of the summer just an arm's length away. T. Coraghessan Boyle elaborates on the adventure of the bad boy imagines. Although their deceptions of their characters will be
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Kelly Link’s “Get in Trouble”, is a book that keeps the reader guessing in each story. She was able to add several genres in just one story. For example, “The Summer People”, had elements of mystery and fantasy combined into one, while “Secret Identity” focused more on romance and mystery genres. She made the stories seem extraordinary. While reading the stories, you will find yourself getting lost in the book. Every minute you spend reading “Get in Trouble”, you wonder what will happen next or who will appear. Link executes reality and fantasy very well in this book.
It is unfortunate that crime exists in our daily lives. There really is no way to stopping crime completely, no matter how many laws or punishment are present, people will continue to keep breaking rules. There are many theories of why that may be the case, for example, Caesar Lombroso and his “atavistic” theory with the Positivist School theory and how people were “born criminals”, or the Rational Choice Theory, devised by Cornish and Clarke, described that people could think rationally and how people will naturally avoid pain and seek pleasure referred to as “hedonism” (Cartwright, 2017, lecture 4). Since it is apparent that crime will continue to exist, it is not only important to understand the study of crime and the feedbacks to it,
Title: The Influence of time of day on violent Crime activity in LeDroit Park, Washington, DC.
1. In reviewing Arizona DPS Crime in Arizona 2015 section State Crime Data: Arizona Crime Clock. Under reported crimes, one violent crime occurs every 21 minutes 43 seconds. One in which being a murder every thirty-two hour 15 mins; for every three hours and twelve minutes there's rape; for every one hour and twenty-four min there's an assault; and every eight hours and seven minutes there's an arson. These are accounting for crimes reported in the state of Arizona. This is the state crime index for Arizona showing almost two hundred thirty thousand of the total of the number of index offenses. one of the offenses was murder; murder is defined as the willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another. The classification of this offense is based solely on police investigation as opposed to the determination of a court, medical examiner, coroner, jury, or other judical body. The UCR program does not include deaths caused by neglagince, suicide or accident which are scored as aggravated assults . The highest day of the week is Saturday for murders, however is six a clock to two o'clock is when most likely the murders. The commonly used weapons in Arizona in a murder is a handgun. The highest percent of the murder distribution by relationship is unknown as thirty-seven-point five percent. The most common death as the victim would be the thirty through thirty-four. There were a lot of robberies in 2015; the highest value place to be robbed is a commercial home for the price of 1- million dollars " now that was a steal". The most common weapon that was being used in the 2015 robberies were
Tom is an honest hard working African American man. Mayella Ewell, an outcast of the community suspected to be a victim of domestic abuse, accuses him of rape. The case goes to trial and through the proceedings, it becomes evident that Tom did not commit the crime. However, despite the state's lack of evidence and the defense's ability to establish reasonable doubt, he was still convicted. The trial mirrors that of the Scottsboro boys. The nine boys were accused of raping two white women. The trial lasted one day, eight of the boys were sentenced to death while the youngest 13-year-old was sentenced to life in prison. Both the verdicts were based on the color of their skin rather than real evidence. Similarly to the Scottsboro boys Dill, one of Scout's close friends, loses his innocence through a trial. After hearing the verdict of Tom’s case, Dill bursts into tears saying, (Quote). Dill knows that what has happened to Tom is not right and is able to empathize with him. Dill’s empathetic outburst gives readers a vivid portrayal of how racial injustice impacts not only the victims but others as well. The author’s memorable narrative of Tom’s trial and of Dill’s reaction to the verdict motivates readers to reflect upon the effects of racial
In the year of 2011, the estimation of murders in the nation was well over 14,000. According to the FBI’s UCR, this was said to a decrease of about 0.7% when compared to the estimations of the year 2010, almost 15% (14.7%) decrease from the year 2007, and a decrease of about 10% from the year of 2002. (UCR, 2011)
The developmental stage of a young child’s life is very crucial and can be impacted by the media. In The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Liesel Meminger is a young girl living in a very important part of Germany’s history, the Second World War. Liesel’s childhood unfolds and develops against the backdrop of a time when words, books specifically were used for power and control. Liesel is someone who has a love for reading and, as such, books become very important to her, not only for her education but for her rebellion and discovering her true identity. Throughout the novel, books become a crucial symbol used to convey the desires and discovery of identity for the main character as her childish ignorance changes to her mature adulthood.
In an excerpt from the Futurama episode ‘Crimes of the Hot’ (as seen above), we see a crew attempting to mine ice from Halley’s Comet in order to counteract the effects of global warming, whilst maintaining the show’s trademark comical wit (Groening, Cohen, Keeler, Supercinski, & Katz, 2002). Although the plan fails as Halley’s Comet has been depleted of ice in an unfortunate, but humorous turn of events, it evokes the question; can we mine a comet, or something of similar nature (e.g. an asteroid) for resources?
Frank, a man with bad intentions. Ellis, a beautiful girl who did not stop bleeding. Evan, a young boy who couldn't take a hint but always took a “hit”. Mikey, a beautiful boy who loved beautiful girl. A tender kit with many things not so tender to others. Charlotte Davis a girl in pieces, missing her father and best friend and hating
Things have changed since March. We all have the “advanced security systems now. They are these things called telescreens. They sit in our houses and protect us or so they say. Mark has even claimed that they can predict future crimes. I don’t trust them. Ever since mine was installed I felt that someone has been watching me. Teddy and Arthur feel the same way. But they work. So far they have caught 500 crimes of all sorts before any real harm was caused. 300 of those crimes were stopped before they were even committed. I guess they really do predict crimes. Also People have been calling the party and the government Big Brother. It sounds creepy to
This map was used to determine the crime ratio in areas of the City of New Carrollton Maryland between the dates July of 2015 to October of 2015. The crimes displayed are in regards to burglary, robbery, and auto theft. Displayed on the map are symbols that display what type of crime was committed in a certain area, these crimes include: three different types of auto theft totaling 95 crimes, burglary commercial totaling 62 crimes, burglary on residential areas totaling 113 crimes, burglaries committed at schools totaling 7 crimes, burglaries where vehicles were taken by force totaling 168 crimes, grand theft from motor vehicles totaling 16 crimes, petty theft from motor vehicles totaling 72 crimes, Robberies at banks totaling 1 crime, Robbery
An article in daily crime report states that a 21 years old staffers resident was walking in his area and talking on phone, when he was approached by two guys, asking him if they could use his phone, when he refused to lend them his phone, few moments later he felt something heavy on the back his head and he fell on the ground and those two guys took his phone and the cash he had and fled from the scene on foot. This type of behavior is intolerable; now people can 't even take a walk in their area and have the freedom of using phone? They have to hide their phone away in the fear of being robbed and expect that someone might be following them to take away his/her belongings. This is a typical criminal justice example, that we need more security not only in the famous areas but also in the residential areas where people 's lives could be in danger any minute. I wonder once the suspects are caught, would they be put in jail or grant a bail, since the prisons are already full of criminals and there is no space for any minor criminals. Is it guaranteed that after being granted a bail, the suspects won 't repeat this incident? This may seem like a minor case, or daily story, but the people who are the victim to such crimes actually don 't observe this as a minor crime and they want full justice from the police.