PREFACE. ANGUS BETHUNE. “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” is the one story in this collection that does not include a character from any of my. In “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” and “The Scarlet Ibis,” the conflict of the story shows that people can change considerably as a result of a. And since History tends to draw its parallel upon fictional tales of valor, it is stories such as “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” and “One Friday.

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I agree with this because I have experienced this type of pressure to fit in and be popular like most all of my friends and peers. Bullying is not a small part of the schools in fact there are many different kinds of bulying today and the students have many more terrors to deal with.

It’s who he is, and he can be briec of it. As the overweight son of divorced, gay parents, the protagonist Angus Bethune hardly meets his classmates’ definition of “normal. However, those who tease Angus are pummeled by his fist until they see the errors of their ways.

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His parents divorced and both married the same sex. Jan 31, I wish there were more young adult books where the main character has homosexual parents because some young adults do have homosexual parents. Chris Crutcher used an everyday thought and action to create a fun story that will allow students to understand that everyone has a story and struggles with something.

Angus has, as a joke, been elected as Senior Winter Ball King, and is extremely anxious about having to dance with his long-time crush, Melissa, who is the Senior Winter Ball Queen.

Angus Bethune has a hard time fitting in. Reply More 10 KatieSpears Edited: Overall, the short story had many valuable lessons that can be used to help students grow into caring people. As a practical joke from some of the more ‘popular’ kids in school, he has been chosen as the king of the prom and must face one of his greatest fears- dancing with the girl of his dreams. The realization is not everyone is a bully. He is an obese teenager, he has 2 sets of homosexual parents, he is a great football player, he takes his anger out by physically beating people down, and he is slightly socially awkward.


It also allows the reader to think about the way they treat others and how it may be affecting them. It was even them that had gotten him elected Senior Winter Ball King in the first place because they thought it would be hilarious.

He comes out of the experience with a better view of himself and realizes that there’s no point in selling himself short just because he doesn’t like the way he looks–because it’s something that he can’t change. I have never ready anything like this before in terms of Angus’s home life, but I have read plenty of books concerning bullying and beng self-conscious. He comes from a couple who divorced at a very young age for him and are now married to their same sex.

This may be a long shot, but this book could be used to talk about happy endings, relating to several different plots in fairy tales. Even though I know this type of life is a reality, I found it difficult to read. Jan 30,4: Issues of stereotypes, same sex relationships and the children who are raised in those households, and learning to love yourself for who you are when everyone else sees you as nothing but a joke.

The theme is a familiar idea and can be related to people of all ages that have experienced a oc of situations. Discuss where they originate and how they are perceived by other students. After being taunted by Melissa’s date, Rick a truly loathsome fellowAngus dances with Melissa, and during their conversation she reveals to him that she has bulimia, an eating disorder.

With issues of bullying and being unique, this short story is a great teaching tool for students. I highly recommend it. I did not like the harsh, blunt attack that Angus put on himself. As an overweight child, Angus longs to be normal and complains about his name and image.

As the day approaches, Angus gains insightful advice from Granddad as well as enrolls in dance lessons for his big moment with Melissa. Also, the physical appearance plays a role in momment his peers view him. Our situations are different in the sense that his parents are with the same sex, but both of our parents are separated and that was close enough to make a connection.

The text is very relatable to most anyone who has experienced the hardships of high school peer pressure. Chris Crutcher presents this story in a way that most people can relate to some of the situations found in the high school setting.

Angus is considered an outcast among his peers but is ironically chosen as Senior Winter Ball King.

I normally don’t care very much for short stories, but this one was very enjoyable, very easy to relate to, and it had a deeper meaning than what was literally on the pages. It bethunne matter if the student has weird parents, or is bullied at school, or the one doing the bullying, or even the geeky kid with the crush on the girl he knows he will never have, every single student that reads this short story will find some way to relate to it.


Teachers could use this book in the classroom by: Angus is aware of the stigma, but he loves his parents and recognizes how much happier they are with their new partners.

Having the one person to tell problems to and vice versa briev a great way to realize that like Angus and Melissa, know matter what we look like or how perfect everyone thinks another person is, we are all different and all want to be socially excepted.

Angus does not immediately apply this knowledge to his own life, but he gradually comes to understand how wise his parents were to seek love and happiness rather than societal acceptance.

The author uses the huge problem of peer pressure in order to relate to adolescent readers. The sarcastic descriptions of the various characters make for a very entertaining read. The main issue that arises in this book berhune the bullying that students endure.

I agree with Crutcher that this is a major issue especially for adolescents today. I am sure this made Angus have a little more confidence after realizing his dream girl had a problem of her own. However, the book also shows the picture of hope in humanity.

Both his size and parents make it very difficult for him when trying to fit in. This topic is currently marked as “dormant”—the last message is more than 90 days old. This just adds to his image since he is already known for having parents of the same sex.

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Coming from a brife family myself, I can relate to some of the feelings he has. Angus has had a crush on Melissa for years and is nervous he will embarass hhe. Angus realizes that he is not the only one who suffers from insecurity about himself, and realizes that even people whom the world see as beautiful are not satisfied with themselves. This is a serious problem that has become very prominent in our society and schools.