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This Shadow Follows Me
Transcript of This Shadow Follows Me
By: Joseph McGinnis
Carly Rankin, Rachel Koren,
Molly O'Donnell, Casaeidy Reyes
The main character, Alec Andrews, experiences a life full of judgements from family and friends due to his sexuality. He visits his ex-boyfriend, Troy, at his death bed and talks to him about what was unsaid in the past. Alec is haunted by a reoccurring dream where he commits suicide. The only way to live was to put the past behind him and to have his shadows follow him.
Purpose of Novel
Shadows That Follow Alec
What are some stereotypes your have about homosexuals?
Although this book is focused around the life of a homosexual boy, the author encourages readers to remember that this is not a "gay book." The themes discussed in this novel are universal. The author discusses self discovery and acceptance which are two issues that we can all relate to.
The Author's Thesis
"Everyone in my family saw homosexuality as something to joke about, laugh at" (44).
For Alec to recognize the shadow that lurks behind him
To spread awareness and show the many complications and problems faced with diversity in sexuality
To show people that they have the ability to either give up or fight for survival
"I think the information in there is great for building morals and ethics, but too many people try to follow it like a recipe to get to heaven, not living their lives being happy with who they really are" (73).
Joseph McGinnis, the author of "This Shadow Follows Me", creates the protagonist, Alec Andrews to show the battles of reality against homosexuality.
Are people born gay?
Should the government have a say in who you marry?
As of November 2012, 9 states have made same-sex marriage legal: Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Connecticut, Iowa, Washington, and New Hampshire, plus Washington D.C.
38 states have banned gay marriage through law, constitutional amendments, or both.
26 percent of gay teens who came out to their parents or guardians were told they must leave home
"11 Facts About Gay Rights." Do Something. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.
Joseph McGinnis believes that the themes of the novel can relate to anyone, not just homosexuals who are struggling with self acceptance.