Touching Spirit Bear Essay

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Learning The Lessons Of Life

In the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen the author discusses the idea of lessons. There are positive and negative lessons to be learned from the novel however the main focus is on the positive lessons. The most positive lessons are responsibility, trust and discovering yourself.

In the novel one of the positive lessons I focused on was responsibility. When Cole returns home from his first time on the island after being mauled, Cole’s mother starts to take responsibility for most of Cole’s anger problems. Cole was neglected and treated as though he was unloved by his parents for most of his life. All of Cole’s life he was beat and unloved, his mother was drunk all the time and his father was violent, and he would beat Cole. Cole’s mother never stood up for Cole because she was fearful that Cole’s father would beat her. Once Cole returns to the island his first lesson is responsibility. He has to start by re-building the shelter that he will spend his one year banishment in. He incinerated the first one that was built for him by Edwin. Cole got really frustrated the first time he was on the island because he thought that it was his father’s entire fault that he was there and he never took any responsibility for what he did to Peter. As a result of Cole’s extreme anger and frustration he burnt down the shelter with all his food and supplies for the whole year and tried to escape by swimming. Once Cole came to the island he was expected to build his own shelter. Edwin was hurt by the actions of Cole when Cole burnt down the first shelter because Edwin was the one that built it. This time it was up to Cole to take on the responsibility and build a shelter for himself. When Cole returned to the island a second time he starts to come back to reality and slowly start taking responsibility for the harm he caused Peter. When Cole lived in Minneapolis he beat Peter nearly to death. Peter is now mentally and physically scarred....
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