The Bone Cage Analysis

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In order to become talented in a specific sport it takes practice, patience, and athleticism but over time it is very possible for an ordinary person to achieve this status. However, in order to become the best in the world, that presents a completely different story. Through the eyes of both Tom “Digger” Stapleton and Sadie Jorgensen in Angie Abdou’s novel The Bone Cage, the reader quickly learns the difference between becoming an athlete and becoming an Olympian. Both of these Olympic hopefuls put their lives on hold in order to hopefully achieve this standard of greatness. Neither person has long term goals for the future after the Olympics, they subsist week to week and both have sacrificed the majority of their lives for the opportunity …show more content…
She is so focused on her goal of becoming the best that she dwells on her friends ' achievements. When Katie wins gold while Sadie was grieving over her grandmothers death, Sadie implies that Katie earned what she deserved and could not even congratulate her. Sadly, Sadie’s relationship with her parents is even more controversial. Being twenty-six and still living at home is very abnormal, but her parents neglect her at times and rarely support her. One example of this is when “Her parents look up from their coffees at the same moment, both startled, as if they have forgotten her presence, forgotten that she dwells among them” (Abdou 135). Sadie has thrown away one of the most important attributes of life in order to be the best in the world but the cost is nowhere close to the end product as she never participates in the Olympics and never truly enjoys the …show more content…
Both of these athletes have made large sacrifices for the chance to become Olympians, but Sadie’s failure to grasp the more important things in life led to her demise. On her way to a ski trip with Digger, Sadie fractured her L3 vertebrae in a car accident which prohibited her from competing at the Olympics, while Digger, riding in the same vehicle was unharmed. Sadie’s actions are the seeds to her fate that ultimately leads to her destiny. Her poor work ethic, along with her choice of being alienated and missing out on the most important things in life including family and friends, led her to remain an athlete instead of becoming an Olympian. In the end, Sadie blames the accident for her missed opportunity, but it was no accident, it was destiny

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