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April Raintree Final Project
Transcript of April Raintree Final Project
That was the first time in the book that I believe that April was proud of her heritage and wanted to support it. Discovering Henry made her look at life differently. I think that finding him she will do whatever she can to make sure the little boy has the best life he could possibly have. When Cheryl commits suicide, I thought it was a big turning point in the book. On April 28, 1973 she jumped off the same bridge that her mother did years earlier. I think that Cheryl jumped off the same bridge to try to be reunited with her mom. She might have also thought that her life was not worth living anymore. With her new son she might have thought that she wouldn't be able to support the kid for much longer and it would be easier to just disappear. This event effected April in both good ways and bad. I think that she feels awful that she couldn't have done something sooner to have helped prevent this from happening. It was also probably good for April because she discovered more about herself from losing her sister. She discovered Henry, information about her past, and also started to believe in herself. At the end of February 1973 April probably didn't think that this would be the last time that she would ever speak to her sister again. The last argument that these two sisters had April found out more information about her parents then she had ever known before. How her dad was an alcoholic or a gutter creature and how if there was something illegal in the world to do like drugs, stealing, breaking and entering, etc. he did it. While her mom committed suicide off the Louise Bridge because she couldn't take living anymore. Then there was baby Anna who died as a baby and Cheryl believes she was the luckiest of them all. I can see how Cheryl would think that because they had such a hard life that it would have been easier to just die. This argument probably cleared up so many questions that April had about her parents, but with all the wrong answers. I can't imagine hearing those kinds of comments about my parents and how it would make me feel. When April gets raped it is the hardest chapter to read in the book. I think the experience hurt April physically and emotionally to a point that I don't know if she will ever get over it. I don't know if there was anything she could have done to avoid the situation except not go to Cheryl's apartment. I can't imagine what I would have done in a situation like this. I think that all April was thinking was that she wanted to live and thankfully she did. It really wrecked April as a person and I think the only thing that helped her try to overcome it was the trial when she got to see the men put behind bars. I can see this experience haunting April for the rest of her life, but hopefully with more time she would be able to overcome it more and more each day. When April first met Bob she thought he was her Prince Charming and that she was living a fairy-tale. April and Bob got married on July 25, 1969 with only Cheryl and one of Cheryl's friend at their wedding. When she moved to Toronto to live with Bob she thought she was dreaming. She had tons of money a huge house, white friends and at the time a husband she thought that loved her. She loved her life except for the part that Bob's mom was always trying to boss April around, but it came to an end. When April found out that Bob cheated on her she had no problem leaving. I think that even though Bob cheated on April one day April would have left him anyways. She would only be able to put up with Mother Radcliff and with the high society life for so long. I think that going through the marriage and divorce with Bob, April learned a lot about how to trust people and to not commit to certain things too quickly. Even though April might have been sad at one point with the divorce I think it was good for her to learn and be able to move on so easily. In 1967 when April became free of the foster care program it was one of the best days of her life. She no longer had to rely on them for where she should live or always have to worry about reporting back to them. It would be such a relief to be free of all that especially with the struggles she went through to get there. I think foster care made April grow up quicker than most kids do. She became more dependent on herself at a young age which meant she didn't have the childhood that most kids are fortunate enough to have. Even though all her experiences growing up with the foster care program might not have been good she still learnt a lot about those experiences to live a long life. If she ever had kids she would find the best way to support them so they wouldn't have to go through experiences that she did. For April finally being removed from the DeRosier home all started in October of grade 10 when she wrote a story for her English assignment She brought attention to the problems she was going through at home and it finally paid off. During the beginning of spring break in 1967, April was assigned a new social worker named Mr. Wendell. He was able to remove April from the horrible home which couldn't have come any sooner. I think it was brave of April to write the story to her teachers to try to get someone to listen to her. It could have come a lot sooner, but at least she finally said something through the only way she knew she could, writing.