Analysis Of Edward Bloor's Tangerine

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“I’ve always been afraid of Erik. Now I get to be afraid of Erik and Arthur.” When scared or afraid of someone stand up to them even though it may be difficult. As life gets more difficult, as in novels, challenging circumstances may occur, but individuals build up the courage to stand up to their problems. In the book “Tangerine” by: Edward Bloor, Paul Fisher sees the world from behind glasses. But he’s not so blind that he can’t see that there are some very unusual things about his family’s new home in Tangerine County, FL. Where else does a sinkhole swallow an entire school, fire burn underground for years, and lightning strike at the same time every day? With all of this chaos going on, Paul is constantly picked on by his brother, a football …show more content…
Once Coach Walski found out, he kicked Paul off of the soccer team instantly. Paul was very sad and overwhelmed that he started crying, but most didn’t notice that Paul’s world was breaking apart, crumbling apart. Especially when Erik Fisher has the most perfect football life and his parents care more about him, but they leave Paul hanging. Most people probably didn’t get what was going on inside of Paul even though it looked like he was fine from the outside. Paul has had many huge conflicts, especially internal conflict, throughout his life in Tangerine, FL, but through his determination he fought his way through them. The author uses the literary element, external conflict, to reveal that even though things look one way on the outside they are completely contrastive on the inside. In addition, Paul faces Erik and Arthur for the first time. He slowly builds up the courage to confront them of the death of Luis Cruz. “You’re gonna pay for what happened tonight. Oh yeah. You’re gonna pay. You’re gonna wish tonight had never happened. Oh yeah. I couldn’t stand it. I took another step forward and challenged him, Come on, …show more content…
Throughout the novel, the characters of the novel have experienced many different conflicts especially internal and external conflict. Joey had a meltdown because he wasn’t ready to have such of a huge change when he switched schools, Paul’s friends treated him badly and he found out that his brother died. Another bad conflict was when Erik and Vincent Castor sprayed paint into Paul’s eyes. Paul has never really knew what actually damaged his eyes until he saw the gray wall again. He always thought that an eclipse blinded him, but he was wrong. Finally, Paul had a horrible incident when he got kicked off the Lake Windsor Middle soccer team. Coach Walski told Paul that he couldn’t play on the team anymore because IEP says that he is in a handicapped program so, the team couldn’t afford the insurance if Paul got injured. The author’s use of internal and external conflict makes the reader dig deeper into Tangerine. When people delve into this book they tend to have a better understanding of it, which makes it a lot easier to take in information especially all of the conflicts that are involved in the story. There are so many cliffhangers that make the novel more interesting than most books, it makes the reader dive into the book without

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