Drinking Till Suicide
Thousands of people a year die in drinking and driving related accidents. In the book “Tears Of A Tiger” By Sharon Draper, Andrew Jackson and three of his teammates and best friends had just won a basketball game. Andy was driving and drinking. Andy hit a retaining wall and the car burst into flames. Andy, B.J., and Tyrone all got out of the car, but Andy’s best friend, Robert Washington was not as lucky. At the time of collision, half of Rob’s body had went through the windshield. Andy, B.J., and Tyrone all tried to get Rob out of the car, but then the fire had spread to the gas tank. The whole car blew with Rob still in it. Rob was dead at the scene. Andy became depressed throughout the story. Andy blamed himself for his best friend’s death. Andy started getting professional help, but even that did not do the job. Andy began slacking off in school and stopped caring about everything. Soon Andy’s depression got the better of him, and Andy committed suicide with his father’s rifle. Andy’s friends and family members thought he made a big mistake. When Andy committed suicide, it devastated his little brother Monty, his mother, and his ex-girlfriend Keshia. Monty had the biggest reactions to his brother’s suicide, which shows that Andy made a bad decision. Monty is devastated about his brother’s death. A older brother is supposed to be a role model. Now Monty has to remember that his older brother killed himself. “Things have changed a lot since you...since you… left” (Draper 179) Monty says. Andy’s death changed a lot. His parents had a divorce. Monty’s parents were never good at basketball, but Andy was good at basketball, and loved the sport. Now Monty has nobody to teach him how to play basketball. Andy’s mother will never forget Andy, because a mother could never forget her son. Andy’s death devastated her. On April 3rd, the date of Andy’s death, Andy’s mom went upstairs to Andy’s room to find blood all over the place, Andy’s head all...
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