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Theories of Relativity

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Theories of Relativity
By Barbara Haworth-Attard

PowerPoint by: Kingson So
Synopsis
16 year old Dylan Wallace was kicked out of the house by his own mother, causing him to live alone in the cold, dark streets. He encounters many problems including not only financially and physically, but as he struggles he realizes that some people are not to be trusted and family becomes more important to him, especially his grandfather who raised him when he was younger. The only way he made his way through the streets were based on the theories he makes, just like his hero, Albert Einstein.
Story Graph
Main Character Chart
Conflict
The conflict in this novel is a external conflict, where the main character is stuck without family or trustable friends to rely on. “There are no real friends…” (Haworth-Attard 61) and “I pleaded with Mom to let me back into the house… She said no.” (11) These 2 quotes show that Dylan couldn’t go anywhere to get help, not even his own mother.
Effect of Conflict on Characters
The only character you can notice change in the book is the main character, Dylan. In the beginning of the book, Dylan seems to be more of a depressed, sad person. But when he gets the chance to see and live with his grandfather, his mood changes to a happy, joyful person because he can get a chance to not live on the streets, which are dangerous. His mood reverts back into negative mood when his attempt fails. Out of these experiences, he realizes that he cannot live for the rest of his life and decides to take another chance to fix his life by taking the job Glen gave to him in the beginning of the story.
Conflict Left at End of Story
At the end of the story, Dylan finds a job from Glen, who helped him throughout the story. Despite that he doesn't have family or many friends that can support him, he still finds a job which he can make money and keep himself alive. The last chapter, which only has a few lines, says: "The accepted theory is that once something is sucked into a black hole, it can't escape. I have a theory that something can. Me." (Haworth-Attard 198) In the story, he used a lot of theories that he observed. Einstein, who invented many theories, including the black hole, is compared to Dylan a lot throughout the story. The black hole symbolizes the conflict, and how he escaped from it.
Theme Statement
The theme statement that is displayed in the story is that
family and friends are the most important thing in your life
. Dylan's life living on streets alone without family raised up many problems, which included involvement with gangs, drugs, poverty and much more. He then finds out how much he can take control of his life by going to his grandfather's. He says: "I study the computer screen for a long time. It's a commitment, and I don't like commitments. But it is a way to see my grandfather." (Haworth-Attard 113). Even though that fails, he decides to go to Glen, his friend, who helped him get back up on his feet in the end. Near the end of the book he says: "'It's Dylan,' I say. 'When can I start work?'" (Haworth Attard 197)
Conclusion
I wouldn't recommend someone this book. First of all, the plot didn't really start developing until really late into the book. The first half of the book really was just explaining how Dylan's life was messed up, and I think the readers can understand that in the first few chapters. Second, I didn't know a lot about the other characters and they weren't developed in the story. The only person I noticed somewhat developed was Dylan. Third of all, there was a lot of unnecessary swearing and grammar mistakes. I at least noticed 2 or 3 grammatical errors and I'm sure there are more in the book. This is shows that this book wasn't revised properly and the author didn't use the right words at the right time. I think that the overall message is great, but when the author tried to show the message, the story wasn't at the right pace to express it.
Dylan Wallace
Protagonist/Main Character

Introverted, Intelligent and

Independent

The Hero

Quotation - "The accepted theory is that once something is sucked into a black hole, it can't escape. I have a theory that something can. Me." (Haworth Attard 198)
Jenna
Protagonist/Minor Character

Insecure, Helpless, Positive

Seeker

"But I know what she means. When you first land on the street you're so sh*t scared you latch onto whatever security you can find." (Haworth Attard 10)
Glen
Protagonist/Minor Character

Caring, Smart, Helpful

Helper

"You should be in school getting an education, so you can get a job." (Haworth Attard 3)
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