The Works of Walter Dean Myers Essay by BrainC

The Works of Walter Dean Myers
An analysis of three of Myer's works: "Scorpions"; "The Mouse Rap"; and "Motown and Didi: A Love Story".
# 52814 | 1,935 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Sep 22, 2004 in Literature (American) , Literature (Comparative Literature)

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This paper examines how, through his works, Myers shows three different aspects of what life can be like for poor, black, young people. It examines how the author's own life experience of growing up in Harlem impacted his writing style and content.

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"It is important here to discuss each one of these books briefly, so that there is an understanding of what Myers is trying to convey in them. In ?Scorpions,? Myers tells the story of Jamal, who is young, black, and living in Harlem. He is having trouble with the responsibilities that often come with growing up and he joins a gang, the Scorpions (Wallace, 245). In doing this, he enters the world of guns, drugs, the anguish of his mother, and many other painful events and memories that he did not expect. His friend Tito thinks that the people he has become involved with ?look like they thrown-away people,? meaning that they are the dregs of society (Wallace, 258). Because of this, the story is full of suspense and moves along very quickly. It is a very upbeat story, and Jamal draws "on his background and much of what he has learned in life" in order to survive and work toward making the right choices (Wallace, 260). It is a very clear picture of urban life and tells a lot about how many people think that young black men are no good but they can be quality individuals as well."

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