”Sticks and Stones”
by Trezza Azzopardi (2006)
In the short story, we follow a man named Lewis. Lewis is the main character, who keeps dreaming about the same thing over and over. He dreams about him at the strand. He used to have a terrible experience there. He moved to the core of England, to escape from the terrible trauma. But now he has returned to his mother’s house, where he gets clear images in his mind. Lewis is a teacher, in the text it says, “The second envelope contains a note from the Headmaster…come in and discuss matters” This quote supports the statement about Lewis being a teacher. He seems to be a person who wants to change the way things are, but he has been taught by his mother, that he needs to blend in, and she also says “it’s the survival of the fittest”. The environment he has been raised in has stopped him from doing the things, which he wanted to do. That is expressed in the text where it says, “Sometimes he imagines he’s the kind of person that challenges teachers like Stott and Walker, the kind that the Headmaster takes seriously.” He is not the kind of person who stands out. He was probably bullied in school when he was younger, because Lewis gets to identify himself in a boy called Paul Fry. Paul Fry is a boy who gets bullied by some boys. Lewis always feels the need to help him. No one had helped Lewis, back in the days; he also stopped telling about his problems to his mother, because he felt it was hopeless. She had told him that he just should fit in. In the text it says, “But he took her words literally, became expert at running away...” He doesn’t face his problem, because that is the way he is raised. The author has used flashbacks in the text. The use of flashbacks makes the reader more informed. By using flashbacks, the story becomes more interesting and dynamic. The flashbacks also give the story a timeline and they widen the time. The story begins with a flashback about Lewis’ bad experience. This flashback is about...
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