Sticks and Stones
By Trezza Azzopardi
Every day millions of teens wake up afraid to go to school or afraid to walk outside there own door. Bullying is a huge problem in our modern society and it affects millions of students in a though way. The main theme in this short story is bullying. The short story is questioning what the consequences of bullying are and what the consequences of bullying can have, to a persons adult life. As a child Lewis was a victim of two bullies, the most of his childhood he spent looking over his shoulder, being afraid of being bullied. Now where he is a witness to the bullying of Paul Fry, his old inner demons are coming up again. When Lewis tries to help Paul Fry it fails, he tries to help by writing notes about what he has seen and by going to the headmaster. When it fails for Lewis, it sends him into something similar to a depression. He escapes from his life as a teacher and as a boyfriend to Anna, he turns back to his childhood home to live with his mother and tries to fight back the inner demons and dreams about his childhood problems. The short story is told in an omniscient third person narrator and it is through Lewis’ point of view, that we see the events in the short story. We get Lewis’ thoughts and feelings through the omniscient narrator, the rest of the story is told by Lewis’ perspective. Lewis is an English teacher and he lives with his girlfriend, Anna, in the middle of England. We hear about Lewis’ adult life in the short story, but also flashbacks about his childhood stories. We will have to understand his childhood story, if we do not understand his childhood story, we will not understand his adult life either. His whole life his mother had told him that if something went wrong, then he should run away, escape. “But he took her words literally, became expert at running away.” (p. 10, l. 71 – 72) Even his mother thinks that problems are going to be solved by running away, “They had fled his step-father, a man who...
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