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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Despite his talent in sports football and apparent popularity he has been elected Senior Winter Ball KingAngus still sees himself as a fat kid named after a type of cow, who has two sets of gay parents his mother and father divorced and remarried same-sex partners.

Jan 30,9: A story about an over weight boy in junior high with not only one gay parent, but two. He comes from a couple who divorced at a very young age for him and are now married to their same sex. I definitely agree that bullying is a terrible issue for a child to endure and this book touches bases on just about everything a child could be teased for. This short story could help other students stand up to their bullies and teach them about the importance of being nice to peers.

This shows how big of a struggle body image is for everyone whether popular or unpopular. A brief moment in the life of Angus Bethune was enticing from beginning to end. Rick Sanford taunts Angus over his non-normative traits, including his weight and his parents’ relationships.

Angus’s anxiety in the short story are mainly caused by his being elected king of the school dance.

It also allows the reader to think about the way they treat others and how it may be affecting them. Crutcher, before he became a writer, directed an alternative school for inner-city kids in Oakland, California, and later became a family therapist. This short story brings up the issue of peer pressure and the strain of our image to others.

I believe this short story is a broef read that will allow students to relate thw the characters as well as each other on a more personal basis.

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 believes that if he does everything right and normal momfnt he will be able to escape the reality of us abnormal life and experience a dream-like moment with the girl of his dreams.


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The inability of others to accept Angus causes so much doubt and dislike towards his own personhood. I highly recommend it. Throughout this particular story many excellent themes are presented. Issues of stereotypes, same sex relationships and the children who are raised in those households, and learning to brif yourself for who you are when everyone else sees you as nothing but a joke. I did not like the harsh, blunt attack that Angus put on himself. Coming from a dysfunctional family myself, I can relate to some of the feelings he has.

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. His parents divorced and both married the same sex. Chris Crutcher is, of course, speaking against bullying, and I agree. Angus has a very unique life. They might not live the same situation, but some teenagers have trouble trying find a place to fit in.

I noticed the lack of concern from those officials who can stop bullying. If you do not like dry, sarcastic humor, this book may not be for you. 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.

The story is about a boy named Angus Bethune, an overweight teenager that happens to have two sets of parents which are homosexual. Angus struggles with the occurrence of stereotypes and discusses how they affect the ways that people are perceived by others. I think it is good for people to read those kinds of books as an outlet for how they feel if they don’t like to express their insecurities to other people. This is the result of a joke by Rick Sanford, the boyfriend of Melissa, his long-time crush.

Overall, the short story had many valuable lessons that can be used to help students grow into caring people.

The message here is that accepting yourself with your faults and foibles can lead to a freedom that makes you feel as though there’s a place for you in the world. In a constructivist classroom, the teacher may take time to point out the differences between the classmates to show how these differences make each individual unique. In this short story, Chris Crutcher does a goo job of portraying the increasing problems that could lead up to being bullied.


Jan 30, 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.

I brie that this would be a good book for students to read, especially those that are experiencing bullying. The sarcastic descriptions of the various characters make for a very entertaining read. Angus tells his story in first person point-of-view, which allows the reader to better understand his situation and the struggles he faces in school.

Reading from angus’ point of view helps the students to really see how thing s can be and how they are in life events. Written by Chris Crutcher, this delightfully witty story places the reader inside the generous skin of Angus Bethune, a hilarious hero whose humor enables him to overcome even the most debilitating circumstances. I believe that this short story would be a great read for a middle school lite child.

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Crutcher did an amazing job, when writing this story, or keeping in mind who would be reading it. The end of this story was in a way predictable.

When the girl of his dreams treated Angus like a person, and not an outsider, I found hope and so do others. He is aware that the whole thing is a prank but he has learned from his grandfather that it is easier to just jn along with some things than to bring even more attention to yourself and decides to go to the prom. Compared to “The Ketchup Incident” by Shawn Penning, this is a happy story that ends the way that the reader hopes it does.

I wouldn’t want to ruin it for lige The narrator holds nothing back, making the situation thd believable.

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