Stone Boy Essay

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Creative Task: The Stone Boy

Six years ago, Arnold Curwing accidentally shot his brother with a .22 caliber rifle. He was nine years old at the time. Surrounding this incident, as you would expect, he was under fire by his neighbors and peers from thereon, even though it was an accident. Generally, they all blamed him. Some detested him for not getting in trouble. Some might debate that he got not enough punishment. Others might conclude that the knowledge of living the rest of his life knowing that he killed his brother would be punishment enough. The people that he loved, the people he was closest to blamed him, including his mother and sister blamed him. This is the kind of thing that a person nine years of age does not forget. For
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Arnold would be quiet, but still not keeping to his pact of never asking anybody for anything ever again. First off in the story he appeared just a bit talkative. After the incident took place, he did not talk unless it was absolutely necessary. Perhaps this is because of shock, and maybe Arnold felt he did not want to be heard. I would imagine that he would be much like this for the rest of his life. I think that no matter how much people apologize to him, he will still subconsciously feel like everybody blames him for what he has done.

So he would be living at the farm doing much the same thing that he had been doing for the past six years after Eugene died. Doing as he is told by his parents, and not getting in trouble like the sheriff had suggested earlier. I doubt that he would cause any trouble, but mentally might have problems later in life – long-term post-traumatic stress disorder.

Eventually the heat in the community about this horrendous incident occurring would die down and most people would only remember when reminded about Arnold killing Eugene. But the odd few like Andy would always remember and would make sure the accident that took place was always on his shoulders.

Even if everybody forgot about the incident I think there would be one person that doesn't – Arnold. This he will never forget thus the reason I think he will have problems

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