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PREFACE. ANGUS BETHUNE. “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” is the one story in this collection that does not include a character from any of my. In “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” and “The Scarlet Ibis,” the conflict of the story shows that people can change considerably as a result of a. And since History tends to draw its parallel upon fictional tales of valor, it is stories such as “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” and “One Friday.

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The story plays out how Angus gets through the dance and what kind of impression he makes with Melissa. I could relate a lot to this, with sometimes feeling like the heaviest or ugliest person in the room. It doesn’t matter if the student has weird parents, or is bullied at school, or the one doing the bullying, or even the geeky kid with the crush on the girl he knows he will never have, every single student that reads this short story will find some way to relate to it.

Chris Crutcher used an everyday thought and action to create a fun story that will allow students to understand that everyone has a story and struggles with something. I appreciated that the home life was unique and that the character was strong in his love and defence of his family. Angus is aware of the stigma, but he loves his parents and recognizes how much happier they are with their new partners.

Jan 30,4: I think it is so courageous of Angus to stand up for himself especially at the dance. Most kids Angus’s age are always worried that everyone is staring at them, but with Angus they were. The Price of Normality Rick Sanford taunts Angus over his non-normative traits, including his weight and his parents’ relationships. Angus tells his story in first person point-of-view, which allows the reader to better understand his situation and the struggles he faces in school.

As a practical joke from some of the rhe ‘popular’ kids in school, he has been chosen as the king of the prom and must face one of his greatest fears- dancing with the girl of his dreams.

I believe this short story is a beneficial read that will allow students to relate to the characters as well as each other on a more personal basis. Happiness versus Conformity Homosexuality was far more stigmatized when Crutcher first published this short story in than it is now. Not only have I not realized this, but I haven’t ghe how that can affect a teenager. He is a funny, sarcastic lif, but i think that it is part of his defense mechanism.


Throughout this particular story many excellent themes are presented. Children would enjoy this story because they can relate to what is happening to Angus and make connections with it too. Rick is physically attractive and athletically gifted, but his hostility negates these positive traits. I can remember feeling exactly like that. As a joke by his peers, he has been chosen to be prom king. However, those who tease Angus are pummeled by his fist until they see the errors of their ways.

When the girl of his dreams treated Angus like a person, and not an outsider, I found hope and so do others. Angus Momeht is an outcast. He is growing up and entering an awkward age, and worst part of it is, he is being bullied for all his differences.

Angus has a very unique life. I really enjoyed reading this short story.

Theme of the Short Story “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” | Pen and the Pad

Crutcher uses these picturesque ideas and images to characterize his characters and their surroundings in order to provide the reader with details in which he or she can relate. With that, there is comic relief through Angus.

Not only is he bullied for his size, but he is the child of homosexual parents. This may be a long shot, but this book could be used to talk about happy endings, relating to several different plots in fairy tales.

However, I do not think I would teach bethue short story in my class, becasue I think there are better written short stories out there. An activity i could do before or after reading this short story would be to place a big straight line down the middle of my class room and as students to stand on either side away from the line. The realization is not everyone is a bully.

This shows how big of a struggle body image is for everyone whether popular or unpopular. He showed up at the ball instead of backing out and looking like a coward. It would not matter where in the year i placed this reading because this issue happens every day 2. I think that this would be a good book for students mmoent read, especially those that are experiencing bullying. Most young adults can relate to some part of the book, which points out that we all have our problems, no matter our background or status.


Theme of the Short Story ‘A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune’

He comes from a couple who divorced at a very young age for him and are now married to their same sex. Hopefully this story would show teenagers that inn ok to be different and thf fit in with the so called “in crowd”. I definitely agree that bullying is a terrible issue for a child to endure and this book touches bases on just about everything a child could be teased for. The main issue of this work is the bullying that Angus indures.

Angus realizes that he is not the only one who suffers from insecurity about himself, and realizes that even people whom the world see as beautiful are not satisfied with themselves. I am sure this made Angus have a fo more confidence after realizing his dream girl had a problem of her own.

Discuss the comparisons and contrasts and dwell on the idea that normal is relative, cultural, there is no such thing as normal. In this short story, Chris Crutcher does a goo job of portraying the increasing problems that could lead up to being bullied.

High school students will be able to relate to Angus’s low self-esteem and what he does to raise it. Issues of stereotypes, same sex relationships and the children who are raised in those households, and learning to love yourself for who you are when everyone else sees you as nothing but a joke. This would be an activity that would be eye opening for the students and help them realize that no matter what they are going through they are not alone.

Accessed 31 December I thought this story was funny and interesting. LibraryThing All topics Hot topics Book discussions.

If you do not like dry, sarcastic humor, this book may not be for you. As an overweight child, Angus longs to be normal and complains about his name and image. The narrator holds nothing back, making the situation quite believable.