Changes in life
“I just really don’t like being the center of attention that much. It’s kind of ironic.” Whether it means giving a speech in front of an audience or dancing on a stage, no one likes it. However, in the novel, The Flamingo Rising, Larry Baker introduces Louise, a different type of person that will do anything to be the center of attention. In Larry Baker’s novel, Louise and her brother, Abraham Isaac, start their first day at school at the age of twelve. Louise’s limp becomes obvious because she is nervous. As the class stares at her, she overcomes this nervousness and takes control of the situation. In the novel, The Flamingo Rising, Larry Baker clearly shows that Louise’s identity is created more by the environment than by the individual. One can see this through her desire to be the center of attention. Louise’s identity is first created before she and her brother start their first day at school. Louise lives in isolation. She has no friends until she starts school. She only lives with her brother, Abraham, her parents, Hubert Lee, and Mrs. Lee, Pete Maws, and several other employees that work at the Flamingo. “That is her environment” (Baker 36). She was filled with only a limited range of experiences. Her world was “shaped by her family, the movies we showed at the Flamingo and a weekly issue of life magazine” (36). It is clear that Louise is not ready for the outside world. In the beginning of the book, it is clear that Louise is not what she is now as she was before. When she and her brother start their first day at school, they are nervous. Louise and her brother are home schooled and therefore means that they have never gone to school before. They start going to school at the age of twelve. As Louise walks to her desk, her schoolmates watch her. This makes her nervous and she “began to limp” (38). This happens when she is nervous and terrified. She had lost control of her emotions, and her legs betrayed her. This is the only time this...
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