Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper November 19, 2009Posted by air1los23 in Uncategorized.
- Heart- broken
- High- tempered
Antagonist Character Description (Depression)
- Ill- tempered
- Casted- out
Theme: The themes in the novel are…
- Killing ones- self (suicide)
- Drinking and driving
- Pondering and not letting go of the past
- Affecting other people’s lives, not only your own, with your depression
- Trying to control your emotions
Setting: Southeast City in the US around the 1980s – 1990s
- Southeast City, USA
- Fall through Spring, 1980s through the 1990s
- Andy Jackson, basketball player
- Depression, man vs. oneself
- Suicide, man vs. oneself
- Andy Jackson vs. Friends & Family/ Man vs. Society
- Andy Jackson vs. the Past/ Man vs. Himself
- Andy Jackson vs. his dad, E.J. Jackson/ Man vs. Man
- Andy Jackson vs. his girlfriend, Keisha/ Man vs. Man
- Andy Jackson vs. his emotions/ Man vs. himself
- Plays basketball
- Drinks alcohol
- Cares for his brother, friends, and girlfriend
- Raps free- style and songs
- Spends countless of hours with his girlfriend
- Dreams about the unimaginable
- Vents about his emotions
- Jokes around constantly
- Criticizes about black people stereotypes
- Babysits his 6year old brother, Monty
5 sentences of parallelism from book ( Author and Pg. #)
- “Here I come… cold… cold… so cold,” (Draper 88)
- “Like talking to Rob’s parents. Like writing a letter to Rob. Like talking to other kids who might consider drinking and drinking,” (Draper 93)
- “ – he killed his best friend, he killed women and children, he killed the king,” (Draper 106, 107)
- “I was always conscious of improving myself- making myself better- making myself good enough, bright enough, proper enough, respectable enough,” (Draper 153)
- “Some of ‘em smiled a lot. Most of ‘em just kept pilin’ on the homework like nothin’ had happened. None of ‘em ever took the time to sit down and talk to me,” (Draper 44)
- The boys win an important basketball game.
- The boys go out and drink to celebrate their victory.
- The boys drive out late night, drunk, and crash into a wall.
- The boys arrives at a hospital; leaving with nothing major, except one. Rob Washington dies.
- The boys, along with friends and family, are devastated and were affected greatly; especially Andy Jackson.
- Andy Jackson faces his emotions, as they try to overpower his mood.
- Andy Jackson faces depression, as it tries to take over his life.
- Andy Jackson faces a psychologist, who tries to help his depression.
- Keisha faces her depressed boyfriend and tries to reform his life back normal.
- Gerald and B.J. face their best friend live through guilt; they try to cheer him up.
- Andy Jackson faces the decision of jumping of a bridge or not on a snowy day.
- Andy Jackson faces a fight between him and his girlfriend, causing them to break up.
- Mr. & Mrs. Washington faces Christmas without their son for the first time.
- Andy Jackson faces a wall. He has to let his emotions out, but neither Dr. Carrothers nor Keisha was available.
- Andy Jackson faces the increased black stereotypes and racial comments.
- Andy Jackson picks up a rifle, lifts it up under his chin, and pulls the trigger. Andy ended his own life, resulting with suicide.
Falling Action *Not real quotes from the book, they are twisted around. The people are talking about what happened.”
- “Why is there blood on the ceiling mom?” – Monty
- “Why wasn’t the suicide prevention/ grief counseling team here before?! Before Andy killed himself?” – Tyrone and B.J.
- “Why did he leave without saying good- bye?” - B.J.
- “Why did Andy end his life? Why didn’t he tell me? We should have never broken up; I could have saved him. He needed somebody to be there for him, and I just left him…” – Keisha (Grieving)
- Friends of Andy talks to him by making letters for him, keeping the letters for themselves to remember.
- The brother of Andy talks to him by visiting his grave and having a little brother to big brother talk in front of Andy’s tombstone.
- The mother of Andy tries to talk to him, but she just couldn’t walk to his grave.