Tangerine Essay

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Hailee Coan
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Tangerine essay

Have you ever made a choice that could change your who life completely? Tangerine County Florida is a small place, where you would think you would find beaches and fresh ocean air, but here it’s mostly farmland. Erick, Paul’s brother on the outside is a star football player who does supposedly does nothing wrong, but that is just an act, he really is a violent thief. Paul is a caring and gentle child who wants nothing but the truth about how he is visually impaired. When it comes to the truth he is your guy to talk to. Throughout the voluminous novel Tangerine, Paul Fisher and the people around him made many decisions that affected him mentally and physically.
To know that her son was being bullied by his eye impairment and not being eligible to do the things he wanted to do Paul’s mother made the choice to “lose” Paul’s IEP form because she knew Paul heard that it affected his soccer and the way people looked at him. “He has problems with his eyesight- he’s legally blind” pg 25. I’d like you to fill out an IEP for Paul- an individualized education plan, being vision impaired. “There is no IEP in your file. Your IEP form disappeared somewhere between Lake Windsor and here”. During the last soccer game of the season, Paul was playing his old team and his ex coach said he couldn’t play because he couldn’t play on his team. Paul’s mother made the choice to lose Paul’s IEP form because she knew it affected Paul’s soccer playing.

After going through so much with Erik, whether it’s put downs or harassment. Paul finally decides to stand up to his big brother. To start off with, when Paul was little he remembers almost getting his head smashed with a bat by, who he thought was Erik. Also Erik made up a story about how Paul was blind, he told his friends that he stared into a solar eclipse for too long, so people called him eclipse boy and made fun of him. Erik was really the reason why...
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