Two Classic Teen Novels Analytical Essay by JPWrite

Two Classic Teen Novels
This paper compares the protagonists in two classic teen novels: Katherine Paterson's "Jacob Have I Loved" and Chris Crutcher's "Running Loose".
# 66075 | 835 words | 0 sources | 2005 | US
Published on May 28, 2006 in Literature (American) , Literature (Children) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that the protagonist in Katherine Paterson's "Jacob Have I Loved", Sara Louise Bradshaw, who has a favored twin sister, throughout the book, grows more distant from her family and friends; whereas, the protagonist in Chris Crutcher's "Running Loose", Louie Banks begins as the idealized youth who has a promising academic career, an athletic prowess, good friends, two part-time jobs and parents who love and respect him. The author points out that both Sara and Louie's reactions to the people in their lives, such as Sara's grandmother and Louie's Coach Lednecky, offers them the opportunity to learn about themselves and to gain strength of character. The paper concludes that Louie finds better role models that offer him support and Sara Louise discovers how to escape the isolation in her soul.

From the Paper:

"Coach Lednecky and Jasper are racists without a conscious and who Louie had the courage to face up to and this taught Louie about who he was and what he believed in and it cultivated an inner strength that he did not have before when his world was so perfect. Like Sara Louise, Louie did not just lie down but he chose to find another sport to pursue so he became a runner. The other character that helped Louie's character to develop was Coach Madison, who is how more coaches and teachers should be. Louie believes that the worst of things he has endured until he loses Becky."

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