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Theories of Relativity
Transcript of Theories of Relativity
Born in Elmira, Ontario (http://www.barbarahaworthattard.com)
Lives in London, Ontario (http://www.barbarahaworthattard.com)
Has written fourteen books. (http://www.barbarahaworthattard.com)
Favourite and earliest memory is Saturday afternoon visits to the library (http://www.yabookscentral.com/cfusion/index.cfm?fuseAction=authors.bio&bio_id=4)
Started writing seriously in 1992 (http://www.yabookscentral.com/cfusion/index.cfm?fuseAction=authors.bio&bio_id=4)
First short story accepted in 1993 (http://www.yabookscentral.com/cfusion/index.cfm?fuseAction=authors.bio&bio_id=4)
Barbara's first book, a contemporary, historical junior fiction novel, Dark of the Moon was released in June of 1995 (http://www.canscaip.org/bios/haworthb.html)
Two sons, both graduated from computer science programs.(http://www.barbarahaworthattard.com)
Owns two cats, Leo and Hubert. (http://www.barbarahaworthattard.com)
Summary 1.Dylan is a boy who was kicked out of his house and lives on the streets.
2.His mom threw him out because she wanted to impress her new boyfriend.
3.He sits outside two office towers and begs for money from passersby, while steering clear of the more dangerous homeless people, and talking to other displaced teens. This is also where he meets Glen, a young employee at one of the office buildings who buys him a sausage.
4. Another homeless teen, Jenna, works on the street across from him, in front of a church. She is an 'employee' for Brendan (AKA Vulture), who takes street kids under his wing.
5. The library is a safe haven for Dylan, and it is here where he finds a book which he will eventually take everywhere with him, Albert Einstein, Father of the Theory of Relativity.
6. Dylan decides to go back to school and grab his stuff, before going to visit his younger brothers, Micha and Jordan.
7. At his spot in front of the office towers, he is approached by a few of Vulture's henchman, who threaten him with a switchblade and make him leave.
8. Distraught, he takes Jenna to the church hospitality dinner, but leaves early and spends the night wandering the streets. When he is awakened roughly by a police officer, Glen comes to the rescue and takes him out for breakfast. 9. He goes home, and sees his mom's new boyfriend, Dan. This makes him feel replaced. To add to his emotional distress, his mother hands him a letter she kept from him for a long time, and it's addressed from his grandfather, a place where Dylan used to go over the years to take refuge from his mother.
10. This leads him to go to a street school Glen works at and mentions constantly, where he uses a computer to find where his grandad is. Because Glen is always looking out for Dylan, he buys him a two way ticket to his grandfather's house in Murdock.
11. Seeking a new life, he travels to Murdock to meet his grandfather so things can be like they once were, but he finds his Grandad in an old age home frail and dying from lung cancer.
12. Not bearing see his grandfather this way, he heads to his grandparents old house to find his father, a man he's never met before. The place is trashed, and Dylan gets beaten up badly before returning home to his original city, battered and bashed.
13. He arrives to find Jenna has become a prostitute, and to recieve another beating, but this time from Vulture's henchmen. He gets his pack stolen and his ribs badly broken, along with a badly swollen face. To try and comfort and apologize to him, Jenna gives him some pills which make the pain go away.
14. He becomes addicted to the pills which eventually leads him to seek them out from Vulture, which leaves him within the man's grip. Dylan fights this though, choosing to leave the man and become hunted by his henchmen.
15. The resulting factors of the pills he took lead him to have a hallucination, in which he talks to Einstein. This helps him decide what he'll do next with his life, so he leaves the library bathroom and heads towards a doorway in front of a set of payphones.
-Black hair "He's got Grandad's thick hair, but black. Like mine." (143)
-Hair reaches his shoulders "I smooth my hair with my fingers, notice that it touches my shoulders, and squeeze the last of my toothpaste onto my sorry excuse for a toothbrush." (93)
-Carries around backpack and sleeping bag "My backpack, with a sleeping bag tied to the bottom, is wedged behind me." (1)
- Sixteen years old "Finally, she decided that he should meet us kids. On my sixteenth birthday." (26)
-Isn't very clean "In the three weeks I've been out here, I've washed my hair only once." (9) Internal:
-Insecure "I guess it's because when I have a theory, it means I have everything figured out, everything under control." (191)
-Bold ""I'm not interested." I say. "And you can tell Brendan that."" (60)
-Sensitive ""Brothers. They're younger than me." Suddenly, my eyes swim with tears. I look away from him, terrified I'll blubber all over the place." (65)
-Cautious "I wind the strap of my pack around my ankle. I've never expended so much energy protecting a single article as I do for this backpack..." (15)
-Wary ""You want me to look after your bag?" Twitch asks. I think it over but decide to take it in with me. The truth is, I don't trust him." (40) Other Characters Gladdy 'The Swear Lady' Elderly-looking, extremely cautious, mentally unstable, intelligent.
"I point at the Swear Lady, a gypsy of the streets. Dressed in tattered layers of skirts and tops and shawls, she could be thirty or a hundred. All her belongings are stacked in a shopping cart that she guards with her life. As she walks, she litters the air with shouted obscenities. She passes us, whips around, and lets loose a stream of filth at Glen before moving on." (64)
"I grab the shopping cart to steady myself, and the swear lady starts to scream and hit at my hands." (167)
"Gladdy explains to Amber about broken ribs, and how a person can't lie flat. Through my brain, I marvel at the part of her brain that still remembers being a nurse." (168) Glen Caring, wise, optimistic, believes in others. Young, persistent, generous.
""By the way, you're not litter."" (92)
""Dylan, you can't stay out here in this condition," Glen says. "Let me take you to a hospital, or at least to a shelter."" (177)
""Because I think you're intelligent, worthwhile, and full of potential. I want to get you off the streets" -his face tightens- "Before something bad happens to you. What do you say?"" (113) THEMES In Theories of Relativity, there are many underlying themes and messages the book tries to get across. A main moral would be about homelessness, and how life can be a lot harder than it seems for some people, so it is up to us to be generous and caring for everyone, so we can all enjoy better states of being and living. Another theme is that if we don't like our life, it's our job to change it, because we are in control of what we're exposed to and how we deal with it. If we want something to be different for ourselves, then we have to make it that way, not expect life to do it for us. Strengths First person narrative. "I have a theory that every fourth person will give me money." (1)
Present tense. "I'm sitting on a low cement wall set close to a glass-sided office tower." (1)
Characters are well written and have personality. ""What about your grandfather, the 'pumpkin' man. Or do you have three of them, two?" She grins, and that beaming face makes me forgive her for her easy life." (11)
Emotional story. ""Don't blame me for your lousy life!" I shouted back. And the next thing I know, I'm on the sidewalk, the door locked behind me, Micha's tearful face pressed to the window. Happy Birthday." (27)
Dylan's bias clearly shown. "She falls into a chair, legs askew. Not a pretty sight with that short skirt. I think how much more gracefully Jenna would have sat." (55)
Flashbacks provide insight on previous events without disrupting the stories flow. "I follow two sets of footprints in the snow down the sidewalk. Grandad took me one January afternoon to the bush out back of the farm and showed me animal and bird prints in the snow." (85) Weaknesses If I had a chance to change 'Theories of Relativity', I would only do two things. The first would be to add an epilogue, as I feel that the book ends a little bit short, and should give the reader an idea on how the story ends. The other thing I would do would be provide more information about Glen's past, because it only shows the reader a glimpse of why he's deciding to help Dylan. The main idea or moral of a story. "The accepted theory is that once something is sucked into a bblack hole, it can't escape. I have a theory that something can. Me." (198) Object or word used to represent something else. "I begin to fight back with my fists, feet, arms, teeth, but there are too many of them. Voices shout, fade, and my pack is gone. There's no point in fighting back anymore. I let myself sink into blackness. They've taken my entire life. They've taken-me." (165) Giving an inanimate object human characteristics. "It doesn't help that the sausage vender is firing up his grill next to the dead fountain." (2)
Appealing to the five senses. "The bun is warm and soft. Fragrant...I sink my teeth into the spicy sausage." (5) Theme: Personification: Imagery: Symbolism: The words used and how you say them to convey a state of mood/feeling. "Because if this were television, Grandad would suddenly open his eyes, beckon me close, and in a gasping voice say, "Dylan," or something profound. But the eyes remain closed, the lips don't form words, and the breahing rattles. This isn't television." (158) Mood: -Enhance feeling and mind's image.
-First person allows for more emotion noticed in the main character.
-Helps the novel feel more like an experience. New Cap
By: Ted Kooser Brown corduroy,
the earflaps tied on top,
the same size cap he bought
when he was young,
but at eighty-six
a head’s a smaller thing,
the hair gone fine and thin,
less meat to the scalp,
and not so much
ambition packed inside.
He squints from under the bill
as if the world
were a long ways off,
and when he tips it back
to open up his face
it looks so loose
you think that one of them,
the cap or he,
might blow away.
Homelessness in Youth Homelessness is a major problem in today's urban communities, and a growing situation among youth. Many youth are resorting to being out on the streets, going to sleep hungry, and being victim to violence and abuse. Dire home situations lead kids to be thrown out or run away from their families and guardians, resorting to living on curbs and sidewalks, begging for mere pocket change just to get a meal. I decided to look into this for my research topic, as it seems like a desperate situation which I feel everyone needs more awareness on.
Causes: Running away from families
Being thrown out of households
Poverty Living Conditions: Street teens tend to resort to drugs, violence, and stealing. Many are afraid of insitutional assistance, as it may lead them to be brought back to the home which they have fled from.
Shelter teens are almost in the same condition, except for having a roof over their heads, and food to eat. Many are still violent and do drugs, because they lack guidance and support. Prevention: Many believe that the best way to prevent homelessness in youth is to catch the problem before it gets out of hand. This can lead to rehabilitation and solutions for the teenager in distress, while also stopping any possible wrongdoings going on by the parents. There are organizations in place which can help with this, but the main reason street teens are still dominant in today's society is that it is the youth's choice to choose whether or not to help him/herself out of his/her situation. If you or anyone you know is having desperate issues at home, you can call Kids Help Phone toll free at 1-800-668-6868
Works Cited: Haworth-Attard, Barbara.Theories of Relativity. Toronto: HaperCollins Canada, 2003.
eHow contributor. What causes teenage homelessness. Article. March 5th, 2011.
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