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Bridge to Terabithia
Transcript of Bridge to Terabithia
By Katherine Paterson
First, a little background
Bridge to Terabithia was written after Katherine Paterson's son's (David) best friend (Lisa Hill) was struck and killed by lightening at a young age. Katherine Paterson dedicated the book to David and Lisa.
Who are the characters?
The main character and the protagonist, he is a lonely fifth grade boy from a struggling family. He has four sisters, he is the only boy, and he often feels lost in the middle of these women. He is constantly seeking approval and attention from his father. Leslie moves in next door and they quikly become best friends.
A fifth grade girl who moves in next door to Jess. She is an avid reader, incredibly intelligent and she has a lively imagination. It is her idea to create the imaginary land of Terabithia. Leslie's family is well educated so she has a different view on life than the other poeple in the area. All of this makes Leslie stand out from the crowd as the unique person she is .
Ellie: Jess's oldest sister, she is whiny, spoiled and conceited.
Brenda: Jess's second-oldest sister, she is vain, whiny, and she pushes people too far.
May Belle: Jess's younger sister, she is loser to Jess than the rest of his sisters.
Joyce Ann: Jess's youngest sister, she is only four years old.
The elementary school music teacher. She is beautiful, smart, and kind. She is thought of as a hippy by many of the adults because she wear jeans and is a bit of a feminist. She encourages Jess's interests in art. Jess has a major crush on her.
She is the school bully. She is overweight and uses intimidation as well as violence to keep others from reasing her. He father beats her and one day she confides this information with Leslie and is comforted by her.
What is conflict?
A conflict is a struggle between opposing forces.
Some examples of conflict include:
Man vs. Man
Man vs. Self
Man vs. Nature
Man vs. Society
Man vs. Supernatural
What kind of conflict is in Bridge to Terabithia?
Man vs. Man:
Jess vs. Gary Fulcher
Jess wants to beat Gary in the race so he can be the fastest kid in the 5th grade.
Man vs. Man:
Leslie and Jess vs. Janice
May Belle wants Jess and Leslie to get back at Janice for taking her Twinkie. In turn, Leslie and Jess put a fake note in Janice's desk from a boy Janice likes.
Man vs. Society:
Jess vs. His family
Jess is surrounded by girls and a father who is detached to him Jess is constantly wanting his fathers attention
Man Vs. Society:
Jess vs. School kids
Jess has a hard time fitting in at school, that is why he wants to be the fastest runner. He wants to fit in.
Man vs. Supernatural:
Jess and Leslie vs. Terabithia
Jess Aarons and Leslie make up an unreal world called Terabithia which is full of adventures. This made up place changes them in many aspects.
Man vs. Self
Jess vs. Jess
At the beginning of the story, Jess has no idea who his true self is. He feels as if he does not fit in anywhere, neither at school or at home. With Leslie's help, he discovers himself. Near the end of the book, he is fighting with himself as to how to feel with Leslie's death.
Ch. 12-13 Vocabulary
Cremate: To reduce to ashes
Retrieve: go for and bring back
bough: any of the larger branches of a tree
Procession: the group action of a collection of people or animals or vehicles moving ahead in more or less regular formation
Sincere: open and genuine; not deceitful
Mourning: state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one
Gradually: happening slowly by steps
piteously: deserving to be felt sorry for
Man vs. Nature:
Leslie vs. the creek
Because of rain, the creek was very high and very rapid. Jess did not want to cross it because he does not know how to swim. While Jess is away at Washington with Miss Edmonds, Leslie tries to cross the creek, the rope breaks, she hits her head on a rock and drowns.
What other conflicts did you see in Bridge to Terabithia?
What conflicts do you have in your life that Jess could relate to?