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Transcript of Crabbe
Crabbe spends many months there and ends up falling in love with Mary, but she doesn't feel the same way. With winter right around the corner, Crabbe decides to stay with Mary at least until spring, so they steal food from a campground a little ways away so that they'll have enough to eat through the winter. At the campground were a few drunk hunters and a dog. When Crabbe and Mary split up to grab supplies, the drunk hunters find Mary and try to rape her. Crabbe then drugs the dog and lights the building on fire, rescuing Mary just in time. Crabbe and Mary begin to run back to the camp in the dark, cold, and stormy weather. The whole time Mary is too shaken up to speak and when they decide to stop for a breath and gather firewood, Mary slips down some rocks and breaks her neck. Crabbe makes the journey back to camp alone and plans to leave before winter comes, but becomes too depressed to make the effort. When he decides to open a box Mary always told him to stay away from, he finds out that Mary was a fugitive in hiding for killing her husband, who had been in a coma for a while,
As Crabbe prepares to head back it begins to snow, and soon a foot of snow settles on the ground and a blizzard roles in. He begins his treacherous trip back on foot, which took him longer than he had hoped and ended up nearly killing him from the cold. He ended up hitchhiking with a truck driver, who rushed him to the hospital because of the frostbite on his hand. At the hospital Crabbe wakes up to find two if his fingers amputated on one hand and a minor case of pneumonia. It doesn't take long for people to start questioning who he is, and he is put into therapy hoping it would loosen his lips. Crabbe holds out for a while, but eventually decides to tell them. Crabbe's parents visit him in the hospital, where he sees them heartbroken and a wreck and begins to feel guilty and ashamed of himself. After an awkward first encounter, Crabbe decides to go back home, where he begins working at a sheet metal factory and in the summer goes on camping trips with kids in trouble with the law to help them discover themselves.
Crabbe is a book about an 18 year old rich, smart boy named Franklin Crabbe, but prefers to be called by his last name. Unhappy with life and tired of being the man his parents and teachers want him to be, Crabbe works out an elaborate plan to take his life back into his own hands by getting away from it all. The book follows Crabbe in his journey through the Canadian wilderness through journal entries of his, starting with some of the later journal entries and then the rest working their way up to that point and continuing. On his way Crabbe has to deal with being lost, almost getting mauled by a bear, nearly dying falling down a waterfall, drunk hunters, and almost freezing to death. When Crabbe and his canoe go over a waterfall, he is rescued by a young woman named Mary. Mary brings Crabbe back to her small camp in which she lives, where she tends to his injuries and teaches Crabbe how to survive in the wilderness.
By William Bell
Both Macbeth and Crabbe display the theme of fate vs. freewill. Although not exactly fate, Crabbe has been told what to do and who to be for most of his life, by his teachers and parents. Angry and confused, Crabbe decides to take a different path than the one that's been paved for him. In Macbeth, Macbeth is pressured into doing something he really doesn't want to do by his wife and by a prophecy made to trick him into thinking it was fate, or maybe it was. Macbeth almost did the opposite of Crabbe, he decided to go with what he believed was his fate, ignoring the fact that he had choice in the matter.
Frankenstein and Crabbe both share themes of fear and guilt. Fear is explored widely is Frankenstein, playing one of the biggest roles in the book. In Crabbe, Crabbe must face his fears all around him, whether it be of wild animals, being lost, drowning, or freezing. When Crabbe ventures into the wild he enters a world full of danger that he's never had to deal with before. Also, at the end of Frankenstein, the monster feels extreme guilt for becoming so evil and ruining his creator, while at the end of Crabbe, Crabbe feels guilty about putting his parents through such a traumatizing experience, and seeing them so worn down helps him realize that it wasn't their fault that he ran away.
Life of Pi
Life of Pi and Crabbe both explore the theme of self-discovery. The stories follow a similar structure, both are about a boy stuck alone (kind of) in an unforgiving environment. They beat the odds, overcome dangers, make new friends, and go back into normal life as a changed person. Their journeys even span about the same amount of time.
Gary Paulsen is a famous author, most well known for his book
. He has written many similar books to Crabbe, usually about survival, isolation, and self-discovery. I've read two of his books that fall into this category:
The Transall Saga
. Other similar books of his include: D
ogsong, Woods Runner, The Winter Room, Brian's Return, Brian's Winter,
Gary Paulsen Books
Art by Nicholas Coleman
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