characterize a complex eleven-year-old. Rachel, the
ingenuous 1st person narrator, relates the details of her
humiliating eleventh birthday. Although her diction reflects
her age, Rachel conveys the difficulty of growing up with
adult precision. She is embarrassed and feels helpless, but
knows she will soon be home with her parents, and her
terrible day will drift away. Rachel's age is given away not
only by the title, but by her word choice. She employs
numerous similes, describing crying like uncontrollable
hiccups, drinking milk to fast, and little animal noises. Her
confidence rattles like "pennies in a tin Band-Aid Box," and
she is always on the edge of lapsing into another session of
tears. However, Rachel's diction does not simple betray her
age. Descriptions like "smells like cottage cheese" are
insights into her true personality. She is passionate and
curious, almost to a fault. Because she describes things like
runaway balloons, she is a believable eleven-year-old. First
person narration reveals though Rachel's thoughts are those
of a typical eleven-year-old her descriptive ability is more
mature. Rachel has an uncanny ability to convey her feelings.
However, because she is an ingenuous narrator, she
sometimes misses the deeper significance of her feelings.
Although she twice mentions she is looking forward to cake,
her birthday song, and normal birthday things, she does not
mention she also needs the comfort of her parents. On the
other hand, unlike most older, or mature, people, she
understands enough about life experience to know she does
not have enough. Twice she mentions she would like to have
the experience of someone who is one hundred and two. At
eleven Rachel realizes that with experience comes
confidence, personal strength, and most important to her,
knowing what to do in hostile situations. As amazing as those
thoughts are, Rachel's most impressive... [continues]
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