How do parents impact their children?Is it possible to escape one’s circumstances through the bond of friendship? Can friends truly influence and inspire people more than their family members? Chapter 1 React the the quotes from theis brief chapter:“The most important things are the hardest things to say ...words diminish them – words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out… And you may make revelations that cost you dearly onlyto have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all…” Student reactions will, of course, vary—but most seem to agree that saying important things can be difficult...2
Chapter 21. In this chapter we meet our four main characters. Identify them below and include a brief description of each:Teddy Duchamp: Teddy is mentioned first; the narrator (Gordie) focuses on how “crazy” Teddy is—and how abusive his father has been (when Teddy was 8 he broke a plate; his father burned both of Teddy’s ears on a woodstove). Vern Tessio: Vern isn’t described very fully at first, but he is in chapter 4; readers only find out that he is “sweating buckets” because he runs all the way from his house to theirclubhouse (and that his hair is messy, which apparently is unusual for Vern). Vern is mostimportant in this chapter because he is the one who asks, “You guys want to go see a dead body?” (342), which begins their adventure. Chris Chambers: Like Vern, Chris isn’t described fully at first (but readers soon come to realize how close Chris and Gordie are—and how much Gordie admires Chris). Gordie (Gordon) LaChance:Gordie is the narrator of the story; he is the central consciousness. It is apparent from the very first chapter that Gordie is looking back uponthe story (FRAME NARRATIVE, it stops and starts in the same place). In chapter 2 readers find that Gordie’s older brother Dennis had been killed in a Jeep accident that April (he would be turning 22). 2.How is it made clear that the narrator is looking back when telling the story?In the first chapter, Gordie tells readers that these events happened a long time ago; in chapter 2 he says, “it took me a long time after that to realize”some of the events that occurred after Denny died (342).3.In the space below, describe how/why each of the following is significant:The boys spend time in their tree house smoking cigarettes and looking at “girly magazines.”They are “close to thirteen” (337). The setting: Labor Day Weekend; it is the driest, hottest summer in decadesThe really hot, dry weather and the fact that it is Labor Day weekend give the story a melancholy feeling—it sets the tone for their adventure (none of them are excited about school starting, etc.).