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MY PEOPLE by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Transcript of MY PEOPLE by Margaret Peterson Haddix

MY PEOPLE by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Other Main Characters
Granny can be seen as a stock-flat character who encourages Lindley to go to college. She is there to support Lindley by driving her halfway to college and this action shows that she has a kind heart for she had not driven for years.

Daphne seems to be more of a helpful, and kind character. At first, she demonstrates round traits because she appeared to be a girl with a perfect life. Later, she displays her ability to choose between right or wrong when she steps up and reveals her troubles when comforting Lindley. This action gives her a complex personality and shows that people are not always what they seem on the outside.

Justin seems to be a dynamic-round character who loves to boast. He could really talk on and on about his accomplishments, but just like Daphne, he had a complex personality. What he displayed on the outside is not always what he really is on the inside. He also has his difficulties, but can mask it all and hide it deep within. Similarly to Daphne, he chose to go comfort Lindley and he confides in them, thus displaying his true self.

What did we learn?
About Ourselves...
Person vs. Themself
In beginning of the story and all throughout, Lindley is continuously fighting against herself. She really wanted to go to college for high schoolers and there were many obstacles facing her that made this almost impossible. Because of this, she is always arguing with herself and wondering if she should really go pursue her dream or to let the obstacles stop her from getting where she wanted to go.

Person vs. Circumstance
Throughout "My people", Lindley is always encountering circumstances. Her family doesn't have the money, is poor, and has never gone to college before, which stands as obstacles that block her way. Lindley is also extremely sensitive throughout "My People" and cares a great deal about what people think about her; an example of this is when Ryan and Justin judged what Lindley thought, and she started crying. This proves to be another obstacle for Lindley.

Plot Summary
At the beginning of the story, Lindley receives a letter to Mercer University. She arrives at collage for high schoolers and she feels insecure, different and left out because she comes from a poor family. Daphne and Justin come to comfort her and they share their own secrets about their past and how they don't belong. Finally she realizes that she does belong and maybe that she isn't so different from everyone else. With Daphne and Justin's help, her hopes are renewed and she wants to attend Mercer for the next school year.
~ Be nice to others ALWAYS
~ That we should pursue our dreams no matter how difficult it may seem
~ Never give up because friends and family are always there to encourage you
~ Be yourself because God created you to be the way you are and do not care what others judge you
Protagonist~ Lindley
Lindley, a dynamic-round character in the story, shows the ability to choose between right or wrong. This is demonstrated when even though she knew attending the college for high-schoolers program would be challenging, but she still chose it for because she really wanted to go. She also has a complex personality and undergoes an extreme change in perspectives of the world through the story. One example of this was she realized that just because she is poor doesn't necessarily separate her from others. Everyone has their own hardships and they just have to be brave enough to accept it and make the best of it.

Antagonist~ circumstances
Lindley cannot stand up for herself and her thoughts thus not allowing herself to accomplish her goals. Another circumstance that Lindley has a problem with is the lack of money, for they do not have enough to pay for Lindley's tuition.

What did we learn?
About The World...
What did we learn?
About God...
~ It is set in the modern day, all throughout the year with a poor family that lives in Spikesville.
~ The location is mainly at Mercer University, a place where there is a college for high schoolers program.
~ Margaret creates an apprehensive mood in the story "My People" by introducing Lindley as a very shy nervous girl that needs assistance.

- Everyone has times where they feel like they don't belong so when you feel like that, know that you are not alone
- People say things that may hurt others unintentionally
- We feel sympathy for the characters in their difficult situations

- That people are mainstream, they change themselves to fit in
- Everybody has their troubles, some people just hide it better than others
- Progress has separated people into poor and wealthy
1 samuel 16:7
"Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
it doesnt matter what others think because God looks at the insides
- God is always there for us during tough times and he puts others in our lives to help
- He has a plan for the better and gives us obstacles so we can overcome them and become stronger
- It doesn't matter if you're wealthy or rich, God doesn't discriminate and gives everyone opportunities
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9
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