The Earth My Butt and Other Big Round Things

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“The Earth, My Butt, And Other Big Round Things” by Carolyn Mackler

Protagonist: Virginia
Antagonist: Her family

Virginia’s motivation in the novel is to fit in, lose weight, and be normal. Introduction: Virginia is a teenager who is brought up into a well put together family that rarely has any problems. Virginia is overweight and does not have a social life at school. Her only friend, Sharron, unfortunately moves away for a year and she promises to move back because she abandons Virginia in her home town, New York City. As you read the first few pages of the novel Virginia discusses how she has a boy over, named Froggy. She is self conscious about her weight, and doesn’t go very far with Froggy. She has a fat girl code of conduct that she must obey. Some things in her list are to not have a relationship because she thinks no one will love an oversized girl. Rising Action: Virginia throughout the novel continues to encounter big problems about her weight. On the first day of school Virginia had no one to hang out with since her best friend Sharon moved away. So instead, Virginia decided to hide in the bathroom stall and have lunch there. Although she didn’t mind the floor, she heard the popular girls come into the bathroom. They were skinny and pretty, Virginia was no were close to their friend. Virginia’s older brother was the most popular guy in high school and that fact wouldn’t even change her popularity. As the girls came into the bathroom, they were chatting about Virginia and one of them commented on her weight. The next day Virginia decided to hide out in one of her teachers classrooms. Virginia’s life at home was always under spoken because no one in the family really liked to deal with anything and they would avoid problems at any extent. There was one exception, Virginia’s father would always comment on her weight and make remarks such as that she was getting heavier. Everyone in Virginia’s family was perfect to Virginia. Skinny and good...
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