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    The fictional novel Boy Overboard, by Morris Gleitzman, follows the captivating story of Jamal and his sister Bibi, two Afghan refugees. Throughout the book many of the characters exhibit sacrificial acts towards each other, strengthening the relationships between the characters involved. Jamal, Dad and Bibi are three characters from the novel who sacrifice their needs, and in some cases, their lives, for the people around them. In chapter four, we see Jamal display an act of sacrifice towards Bibi, his younger sister, who accidentally steps on a land mine. To prevent the mine from exploding, Bibi must stand on the mine until either Jamal or his friend Yusuf can run for help. Jamal puts Bibi’s needs before his – “Let me step on the mine. Then Yusuf will help you get home, and once you’re inside he’ll bring help for me. We’ll all be fine” (p 20). Bibi struggles to accept the fact that Jamal would be willing to sacrifice his life for her, and initially refuses to let him step on the mine. Jamal’s act of…

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    The introduction Boy Overboard, is a highly realistic fiction/child's literature book, that was released in 2002 by Morris Gleitzman, who wanted to recreate the story of a family escaping from to go to Australia, in the most realistic way possible. In this moving tale, Jamal and his family who live in one of the millions of villages in Afghanistan are force to leave. Jamal's mother has been running secret school for a while, and just like many other things in Afghanistan, it's illegal and doing…

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    My Responsibilities to America What are my responsibilities to America? I have never been asked this question so I questioned myself what are my responsibilities as an american citizen. Most importantly what are my responsibilities to america as an African american citizen. As a teenager I am starting to realize the importance of everything in life. All of my perspectives and views are turning into my bias. I am a very very deep thinker and I can jump from conclusion to conclusion really fast…

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    generation of princesses, astronauts, firefighters, and presidents. It doesn’t matter that they have no royal lineage or that the chances of becoming President are exceedingly rare, especially if they are Canadian. Adults allow them to create these dreams because it gives them a motivation, a forward pull in life. It is through this ritual that children learn the meaning of ambition. They get used to the idea of goals and strive to achieve them. However, ambition can be dangerous under certain…

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    “Faxelange” by Marquis de Sade, to the much more recent short story “Boys and Girls” by Alice Munro, the body is depicted in a profound and distinctive way. These stories show a trend in how society has viewed genders over the past few hundred years, as well as the evolution in the role that each gender “should” embrace. Thus, males and females have been seen as polar opposites of each other, as well as being seen as extremely comparable. Gender…

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    Imagine being handcuffed, to demonstrate a magic trick, by a man you thought you trusted and in a blink of an eye his intentions change and you end up with a rope around your throat. This was what John Wayne Gacy did to his many victims. John Wayne Gacy seemed to be a respected business man with many friends in high places, but his life would be an open book after his last murder of a boy by the name of Robert Piest. Wounded by his childhood, Gacy was taught to hide unusual yearning for the…

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    Who Are Hero’s? Gunfire rings out through the quiet community at dusk; bullets riddle the air, flying towards an innocent boy perched on his mother’s porch. As a result, the serene atmosphere the boy enjoyed had been interrupted by discomfort as a bullet pierced his meager body. Of course, this young man needs some heroes, not ones who flutter through the sky, or ones with super strength, but everyday heroes who help us each day. His heroes show up. His mother rushes to the side of her precious…

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    The amount and type of light present in the story is directly related to the perceived potential for happiness. As a young boy, before seeing death for the first time, Carson found the most comfort during “afternoons in the barn … when the light was at it’s apex” (Rash 15). This light bathes the barn in gold and symbolizes pure contentment. Nothing was blocking the light, or good, in Carson’s life. This changed later in his life. While at war in Korea, he relied on the stars for reminders of…

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    talking with this young boy about basketball. Vincent loves basketball, specifically Stephen Curry and the Warriors. At one point, I heard say, “Dude right! Stephen is a beast!” The boy agreed with excitement. At some point I heard them talking about shoes, the boy needed some. He was probably about Vincent’s age. The both rummage through the center for some shoes the boy could fit. They began talking about Stephen Curry’s new shoes, the boy said he really wanted them for his birthday in July.…

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    end, detached from its neighbours in a square ground” (Joyce). The house was set apart from the other houses. This house symbolizes the boy set apart from his friends who were not yet experiencing feelings like he was toward Mangan’s sister. He was also being raised…

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