Monthly Archives: May 2016

Tears of a Tiger

Alcohol is a killer. People die everyday from driving under the influence or being a victim of a mistake of somebody who was under the influence. Rob, a character from the book Tears of a Tiger, by Sharon draper, was both a victim and a killer.

 

The big plot of the book was when four High School boys were in a car. They got into a crash because the driver, Andy, was drunk, along with two others who were in the car, causing one of them to die, Rob. This is an example of things that occur all the time in “real life”. Showing the results of this incident, including the impact it had on all of the boys and their friends, could influence and warn young readers to be responsible.

 

The author, Sharon Draper, had to have put a lot of thought into this book to make it have such an impact. The different perspectives of the characters, including the poems, letters, diary entries, newspaper clippings, and police reports really added to the understanding of the situations on all sides of the story.

 

Andy’s Character Development

Recently I finished a book called Tears of a Tiger, by Sharon Draper. In the book, one of the main characters, Andy, was drunk and got into a car crash, killing his friend Rob. The major theme of this book was Andy’s guilt and how he dealt with this tragedy.

 

Andy is like many young people today. He can be dumb and he can be irresponsible, but he can also feel guilty. He was the cause of the death of one of his best friends, which is the irresponsible and dumb part. What happened after caused the guilt.

 

Andy is different than most teens because he became depressed after his friend was killed. While I know there are many depressed teens out there, which is awful, the average teen is not. Andy’s personality in the book went from having a good time with his friends to being depressed and eventually killing himself. Obviously, this is a very drastic change.

Andy changed a lot throughout the course of the novel. As stated before, he was happy and having a good time with his friends. He later becomes depressed because of his huge mistake. This sounds like a normal teen’s feelings if this ended up happening to that “normal teen”. Overall, Andy’s character development goes from 100 to 0 real quick.

Last Mitzvah Trip

This is one of your last school sponsored mitzvah projects. What is the one project we have not done that you would like to do? Since I won’t be scheduling mitzvah projects what project will you take on for yourself?

Next week will be one of our last mitzvah projects. One project that we have not done yet is a beach clean up. I think it would be not only beneficial for the animals in the ocean that could be killed from pollution, but also for the environment.

For my last mitzvah trip I would like to go to the cemetery to clean gravestones. This has been the most powerful mitzvah trip for me throughout all three years doing mitzvah trips so I would like to be able to go one last time together. I have yet to find my family in the cemetery, which I have just recently been told has been buried there, so I would really like to go and clean their gravestones.

Never Forget the 6 Million

Last Thursday was Yom Hashoah, or a Holocaust Remembrance day. The Holocaust was when 6,000,000 Jewish people were murdered by the Nazi’s because of the Jewish belief. The awful part was that it wasn’t even the Jewish belief that the Nazi’s didn’t like, it was the fact that the people were Jewish. So many people died as a result of this. We should continue to remember the acts and stories from the Holocaust so it never happens again. It is important to tell the stories of both survivors and those who unfortunately did not survive so people are informed about what really happened.

 

In order to make sure we, and generations following us, don’t forget these stories is by teaching them the background and passing along the stories. Once they know why this all happened and what exactly happened, they will understand that it was pure evil and was not deserved. 6,000,000 people did not deserve to die because the Nazi’s wanted to see them dead. That’s not how the world works, or should ever work. This is why we must remember.