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Transcript of Teenage Wasteland
Donny's features mature on the outside, but not on the inside.
Cal is too lax of a Tutor/Therapist. His goal is to enjoy himself and promote the same for his "followers"
Mother notices how Cal lacks adult like features (age, demeanor, lifestyle, etc.) Donny doesn't own up to the consequences his actions give him. He's growing up and more responsibilities are falling on him. He's the eldest, but wont accept it.
Again, in his parents eyes- he may look older, but isn't acting the part. It's important to understand the theme of the 'Peter Pan Complex' is laced in this short story: words that create an image... ...between Cal and Donny... Context of paragraph: by Anne Tyler Analysis by Shiyan, Montana, Amatullah, Alana, Imani [AP English IV] A Reader would ask 'who is being described' or 'why is this description significant?' Reader obtains a hint from the author that the plot will transition likely from young to old or find a comparison between young and old characters. "...still an endearing face... But his cheeks... were no longer round, and a sharp new Adam's apple..." A Reader should recognize a distinctive contrast between Light:Dark, Round:Sharp will be applied throughout the text and will lead to conflict. In context of the whole story... Both characters features are described in detail and are similar (young, careless, etc). In addition, this allows readers to find their common ground... Peter Pan Complex: one avoids responsibilities, told they are childish, rather live in fantasy where life is ideal than reality, life lacks direction, lazy, believes fun is more important... and so on. "His hair was as long as Donny's, and his jeans as faded." "...when Amanda was born [...] Donny had acted lost and bewildered."
The Father, Matt, would be "surprised and confused..." when Daisy recited her hardships revolving around Donny.
*Cal's House=Neverland! Where you don't have to grow up.
Why? Lounging, games, appealing music w/theme, more about fun in fantasy while it lasts. *Cal= Peter Pan
Why? No kids, adult demeanor, young life style, finally grown, but wont accept it, nor let go of his old ways, etc.
*Donny=Lost Boy (along with all the other students Cal's "helped")
Why? Growing kid, stuck between adolescent crisis, new responsibilities challenging, easily swayed, dislikes parents, etc. words that carry emotional value... blond white shorter little stood up taffy-colored aqua blue sharp jogged new unusual endearing darker ...old who wants to be young... ...young who doesn't want to be old... "When He was small... As he grew older..." Story as a whole: Cowlicks, hung in lank taffy-colored ropes, jogged in his throat... Cal and his house represented the temptation and consequences of not accepting reality/truth