Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Post 4 Outside Reading

Post A:

Feebly(135):physically weak

Juke(165):to make a move intended to deceive

"Helen suddenly wasn't feeling right. Too airy, almost weightless, like the forces holding her earthbound had taken a hit. She tried to breathe in deeply, to center herself, but her rhythm was screwy: she could inhale okay, but as soon as she tried to exhale she'd be inhaling again, as if her body was trying to puff itself up with air, aiding buoyancy"(145)

Stephen's mom like everyone else in the family has been feeling weird lately and haven't gone back to their usually selves. This quote shows an example of that, Helen thinks she is floating away from the earth.

Post B:

Stephen has been hanging out with his girlfriend Nicole a lot more lately. They have been drawing their comic books more and more and the story lines relate to there life. The man who hit Francis's car and killed him came and visited the family. Stephen then wrote a comic about a villain and, the villain resembles the man in the car and is very bad and accidentally kills or hurts innocent people.Helen Stephen's mother goes crazy and thinks she will float away.She goes to the Emergency Room and they give her depressants but they don't work so, she checks into a mental hospital for three days.She feels as though her husband doesn't love her anymore as shown in this quote. "Where did it all go? Passion and love, those crazy kids, must have run off together, she though.'Come back you liars' she asked of them. Or maybe it was the waves that night at the dunes, wetting the sand again and again, that whispered lies to Helen about continuance , that Gene's love would stay, that the children she would someday bear would grow up and grow old. Or was it Gene who said, and sang, those lies."(158)As you can see she is deeply saddened by her husband. Having her son Francis die is making her re-think all her relationships.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Post 3 Outside Reading

Post A:

(pg 100)Fared: to turn out.
(pg 110)Begrudgingly:to be reluctant to give.

"Above him, the sky was a deep seawater blue, perfect for swimming in if his brother was still up there, and the sun was curling light into everything living, including Stephen. It was late June, and ever though his brother was still very dead at least life was starting to cook."(pg 96)

This quote is significant because Stephan still misses his brother and thinks about him often, but is very pleased that friends and family have started to move on a little. Things are slowly going back to as normal as they can be.

Post B:

Wolfboy is very deep. It shows the inner turmoil someone goes through when something tragic happens. Stephen always thinks about Francis and swear he sees him everywhere they used to go together. It is how he copes with his death. He goes to the woods a lot and "talks" to Francis or just wanders and looks at mushrooms. Francis was fascinated by mushrooms. Stephen has become very interested in them and has started doing everything his brother loved. His father is still very upset and same with his mother. Stephen feels as though she doesn't even notice him anymore and is deeply saddened."Stephen panicked, felt too far away from his own life. He climbed down quickly and ran into the house.' I'm Home,' he said loudly.' I didn't know you were not home' Helen said from the kitchen."(pg 100) That quote is an example of why Stephen feels so sad.

Post 2 Outside Reading

Post 1 Outside Reading

Post A:

(pg 13)Vigor: active strength or force.
(pg 14) Spangled:to sprinkle or stud with small, bright pieces, objects.

" He looked at the phone and suddenly remembered that Francis owned a pager, so he dashed over to it and plugged it in and quickly punched in the number followed by 911. "Call back," Stephen begged his brother. The pager buzzed somewhere, at a hospital, or in the smashed car, or alongside a dangerous road, but Francis never called back"(pg 20)

This quotes is significant because Stephen just found out his brother had died in a car accident. He was very distressed because his brother ,Francis, was his best friend. Stephen is trying to reach out and talk to him one last time.

Post B:

Wolf Boy is a pretty decent book. Right in the first chapter Stephen's brother Francis dies. It is very sad because Stephen doesn't know how to cope with it. His mother seems very distressed after Francis's death she hasn't made dinner for the family. She has just stayed in her room and occasionally talks to her family."Gene took a minute to gather himself, then turned and slogged by his family, then turned and slogged by his family, saying only, 'See you back at the ranch,'his voice quavering. When he made it to the Honda he started it up and raced the engine, the pistons screaming on his behalf, and then drove away. Stephen wished later that he had ridden home with his father. That must have been the loneliest drive the old man ever took."(pg 27) This quote help shows that everyone in the family is having a rough time. It also helps show that Stephen wants everyone to be ok and not to be sad.I like the book so far and i'm sure things will get interesting because the title is very interesting.