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Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper November 19, 2009

Posted by air1los23 in Uncategorized.

Protagonist Character Description (Andy Jackson)

  • Black
  • Athletic
  • Tall
  • Depressed
  • Emotional
  • Guilty
  • Suicidal
  • Heart- broken
  • Mournful
  • Caring
  • High- tempered
  • Unforgiving
  • Crazy
  • Reckless
  • Lonely

Antagonist Character Description (Depression)

  • Lonely
  • Sullen
  • Ill- tempered
  • Dark
  • Contained
  • Helpless
  • Corrupt
  • Killer
  • Mysterious
  • Emotional
  • Casted-  out
  • Isolated
  • Moody
  • Dispirited
  • Hurting

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

Character’s hobbies

  •  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.

Rising Action

  • 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.


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