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Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen
Transcript of Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen
-man vs man
aka Mullet Fingers, is fighting for the owl's homes against the developers of Mother Paula's Pancake house. He is aided by Beatrice and Roy
Beatrice Leep vs Dana Matherson
EX: "...next stop was Dana Matherson's house, where another shaky example of motherhood lived..."(166)
Both characters have mean, abusive mothers, that make life at home difficult to deal with. What are juxtaposed are what the two characters make of it. While the school lives in fear of Dana, of whom "smoking and beating up kids were his two main hobbies" (3), also considered the school bully, Roy looks up to Beatrice, his "unpronounced savior, and unlikely friend" (47).
"It's about greedy developers, corrupt politicians, clueless cops, and middle-school screwballs of all persuasions"
--The New York Times Book REview
Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen
The Running Boy
- prideful and ignorant
EX: "But Dana hooted in his face. 'You must be crazy. After all that's happened to me, you are so dead, Eberhardt. You're so dead it ain't even funny'" (169)
Even though Roy comes to reason with Dana, his school tormenter, Dana's stubborn streak will not let Roy go unpunished, because he wants payback for all of the times Roy bested him and made a fool of him in public.
"That night, Roy felt a ... better understanding of the boy's private crusade against the pancake house. It wasn't just about the owls, it was about everything" (205)
- summarizes struggle and importance of the owls
- owls symbolize the innocent and the pancake house symbolizes the result of money corruption
- man vs nature
Does Roy get used to life in Florida?
Does Mullet Fingers reunite with his family?
Does Dana ever give up Roy as a bad job?
and most importantly...
What happens to the owls?
Find out in Carl Hiaasen's
- responsible and caring.
EX: "He'd tried not to give his parents extra reasons to worry about him...he refrained from doing some of the wild stunts that boys his age usually tried - nut because he feared for his safety, but because he felt it was his solemn duty as an only child" (101)
- prideful and stubborn.
EX: "He had no intention of spending the rest of the year cowering in the rest room or sneaking through the halls just to avoid some dumb bully" (65)
"It was remarkable that the same species of bird [the osprey] was able to thrive in two places so far apart and so completely different. If they can do it, Roy thought, then so can I" (93)
metaphor - compares Roy's situation to the osprey's situation
motif - osprey is mentioned multiple times, always symbolized adapting, or being flexible
juxtaposition - Florida vs Montana. Florida is completely flat, white Montana is filled with mountains. Roy is constantly comparing the two as he yearns to be back in the mountains.
man vs man - Roy, with other middle schoolers, fight for the protection of the burrowing owls, and against the developers of Mother Paula's Pancake House's new store
man vs self - Roy attempts to settle in southern Florida, and yearns to be back home in Montana. He searches for reasons to call Florida home
nicknamed "Mullet Fingers" because "he can catch a mullet with his bare hands. You know how hard that is?" (80). A mullet is a slippery, free-jumping baitfish notorious for evading simple capture.
Mullet fish = hard problems and their solutions
The running boy is able to see the problem and how to solve it, or work for it, despite how hard it seems. he has the drive and determination to achieve that, just like the stuff it takes to catch a mullet fish.
Roy Eberhardt, the new kid in town, can't help comparing his new life in South Florida to old life in Montana. The southern life is so...flat, in more ways than one.
Then, Roy sees the running boy. Running away from school, and without shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the trail.
Meanwhile, the police (excuse me, the "public safety department") are scratching their heads over who is pranking the future pancake house site with poisonous snakes and potty-trained alligators....with no apparent intentions.
As Roy soon finds out, the running boy is pranking the construction site in war against the world-famous Mother Paula Pancake house - not because of a grudge against flapjacks, but for innocent burrowing owls on site. Roy immediately gets into the cause , making unlikely allies with tough soccer star Beatrice Leep and expected enemies with the hulking bully Dana Matherson.
The tensions heat as the PR man for Mother Paula, the "public safety department", the construction foreman, and the whole middle school fight for their beliefs.
It's all about the owls.