Analysis: A Crush By Cynthia Rylant

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Changes Essay “Old ways won’t open new doors.” (Unknown) “A Crush,” by Cynthia Rylant, shows the main character, Ernie, experiencing a different variety of events that discovered the need for change. He wasn’t going to open the same old door everyday and decided he needed to open a shiny new door that would lead him to change. The death of Ernie’s mother started the need for change. The text states, “This house was called a group home, because in it lived a group of people who, like Ernie, could not live on their own.” (Rylant 70) After Ernie’s mother’s death, he could no longer live in his own. This meant he had to leave the prison cell he once called home, to a new place where he could interact with other people. It took time, but …show more content…
According to the text, it states, “Jack had decided to take Ernie downtown for breakfast every Wednesday morning to ease him into the world outside that of the group home.” (Rylant 72) Moving into the group home was a big step in Ernie’s life. Experiencing the outside world is a whole life changer for him. He would never step a foot outside when he was living with his mother. All the different interactions and noises would probably scare Ernie. However, thanks to Jack, going to breakfast every week would help him interact with other people in a calm environment. Leaving his home means that he has to change the way he acts when his in …show more content…
According to the text, it states, “ Dick started spending more time out on the floor making conversation with the customers, while Dolores stopped wearing t-shirts to work instead wore crisp white blouses with the sleeves rolled back off her wrists.” (Rylant 74) When Ernie left the flowers in front of Stan’s Warehouse, Dolores and Dick wanted to figure out who the secret admirer was. To do so, Dick acted more kindly toward his customers and Dolores dressed to a better appealing than she used to. Both of these characters found a reason, the flowers they received from Ernie, for the need of change in either the way the act or how they

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