Run, Sheep, Run is a short story written by Rosemary Howland that follows Nancy Martin’s perspective on Mattie Babcock, the new girl at school. Mattie seems to be different than the girls and boys at Edison High, being tall and big boned. In the story, she is described as having a plain face, drab hair, and a big toothy smile, which was the main thing that everyone at Edison High noticed.
Before reading this short story, I read the title, which is what I usually do before indulging myself in a possibly magnificent book. The title reminded me of a shepherd leading its sheep around, because that’s the job of a shepherd. However, when I started to compare the title of the short story to the contents of the story, I started to think of something different.
In the story, it starts of with, “in our school there’s one crowd that runs everything.” When I compared this to the title, it made me think that the leader of the crowd is somewhat like the shepherd, while the crowd is like the sheep following the leader. But instead of following the leader, there’s a twist. The title is “Run, Sheep, Run”, so maybe the title is telling the crowd to run away from the leader, to have a different opinion or be different from everyone else because following the crowd is essentially just doing what most others are doing.
While reading this short story, I had many thoughts and reactions to the events and characters. One of my reactions would be when the story stated, ‘she got to be a joke.…