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Unformatted text preview: In this chapter, Lipsyte effectively combines dramatic action with exposition. He introduces the reader to major themes of the novel, key characters, and images that will recur and come to symbolize important contrasts in Alfred's life. The major themes of The Contender center around Alfred's growth from a somewhat lost high school dropout to a young man with discipline and realistic goals. This is a story of choices. In this chapter, Lipsyte portrays Alfred choosing to resist peer pressure and refusing to participate in the burglary of his employer's grocery. Another major theme of the novel is the contrast between hope and despair. Despite his father's abandonment and his mother's death, Alfred finds a source of hope in Aunt Pearl's loving wisdom. Although he has dropped out of school, Alfred has not yet surrendered to the sense of loss that...
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- Fall '09
- The Contender