Never Fall Down By Patricia Mccormick: Character Analysis

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Imagine you’re world being turned around from living peacefully and happy to murdering people that you don’t want just to stay alive. This is what people had to go through in Cambodia when Khmer Rouge, a radical Communist regime, came to power in 1975. They started to move people in the countryside and made everyone work, even childrens. Millions of people died by starvation and sickness. In Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick, people’s physiological states changes three ways, person's behavior, what they believe, and how they think.
In the book, people’s behavior changes many ways. One example is, “This night one Khmer Rouge, a high-ranking guy, he take money from his pocket and rip it into shred. I wake up for this, to see someone so crazy
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For example, in the book, it says that, “But Pat, she say it over and over and over. Get close to my face, closer and closer she get; her tongue, she show it to me, pushing on her front teeth, like she gonna eat me. And I spit her. Right in the face, I spit. She jerk away from me, and I think: okay, now she gonna hit me; but she only leave the room, tear in her eye. And I think: why I spit at this person, only one trying to help me? Why I’m so bad? Why” (McCormick 196)? This shows that even though the ESL teacher was just trying to help, Arn thought that she was going to eat her and spit at her. Another example of how he thinks“Just when I get close, I look up. I don’t know why. I can’t stop my eyes. And I see this guy look right at me. But his eyes blank, not seeing anything, not me, not this kid who one time tease him and take his money. And I think: now two times I beat this guy. Why he dies and I live” (69)? At such a young age he had to witness murder which affected the way he thinks.
In conclusion Never Fall Down is a inspiring book about Arn and his experience in Cambodia. Not just Arn’s but how other people’s physiological states changes throughout the story. It shows how people begins to think differently to stay alive, Khmer Rouge forcing belief on children and people’s behavior changing. At the end, the experience and memories of what Arn saw and did haunted him. If you ever experienced something traumatizing you should try to get some help and forget it, don’t live on the

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