A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune, by Chris Crutcher and The Scarlet Ibis, by James Hurst

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Angus Bethune, a big kid with gay parents. Doodle’s brother, a relation to an invalid sibling. Who would have thought that these two boys could have anything in common? In “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune,” by Chris Crutcher, the main character, Angus Bethune, is an adolescent full of insecurities. In “The Scarlet Ibis,” by James Hurst, the narrator is a boy who has trouble with his own pride. Each of these boys change their view on life by the end of their stories, one due to a conversation, the other because of a horrible event that takes place. 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 revelation.
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Due to this new understanding, Angus’s insecurities lift a little, and so he decides to go to the Winter Ball. Then the dance for the “royal couple”, which includes Angus and his crush-since-kindergarten Melissa Lefevre, is announced. Panic sets back in, and Angus wishes that he could disappear, especially when his enemy, Rick Sanford, starts insulting him. Melissa defends Angus and manages to make him relax. While they are dancing, Melissa deems Angus trustworthy and reveals that she is bulimic and in therapy for it. She follows this statement by saying to an already astonished Angus that “things aren’t always as they appear”(Crutcher 7). Angus realizes from his conversation with Melissa that nobody is perfect. Everyone simply has his or her own way of covering up shortcomings, whether it is by looking like a goddess, being aggressive, or by teasing others. Those who do not cover up their flaws find a way to accept them. From this revelation, Angus learns to accept himself and his confidence grows, making him able to stand up to Rick Sanford by the end of the story. From “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune”, one learns that it is all right to have faults, but one should not be fearful because of it. It is better to be accepting of the individual one is and go on with life, because acceptance of one’s self takes real

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