Sunday, September 13, 2015

Summary Response Bully Redo-Dailey/Harguth

  1. “Bully”  by Lee Hirsch evokes ferocious feelings of melancholy, pity, hope, and love.
    1. This documentary shows how children are bullied through name-calling, physical and mental harassment, and fighting.
      1. Alex is called “Fish Face,” sat on, and strangled. He considers this to be part of his daily routine.  
      2. Kelby withstands insults by her peers and teachers.  But, she finds a way to overcome hurt feelings through the power and support of her friends.  
      3. Ja’Meya has been dealing with bias opinions of authority figures. The police don’t see things from her side of the story because she brought a gun to school. But, her reason for doing so was to defend herself against bullying.
      4. Tyler faced the not so physical bullying.  He constantly was mentally harassed by students.  This drove him to his breaking point, suicide.  Tyler hung himself in his closet, like he was one day told to do, when he was of the age seventeen.  While bullying drove Tyler to commit suicide,
      5. Devon believes that standing up for yourself makes a difference. Just like in Ja’Meya’s case, authority is oblivious to what is happening, as shown when a young boy named Ty commits suicide. His father explains that laws are passed for important people, not nobodies.
  2. Although bullying causes depression and self-pity, relying on friends and family reminds the victims of the existence of hope and love.
    1. “Bully” by Lee Hirsch correctly portrays the effect bullying has on an individual when they are standing at the crossroads of life and death because it can drive someone to take their own life.
      1. Hirsch shows that bullying can shove an individual into death’s waiting arms through the story of Tyler.  
        1. Tyler was a normal teen that lived an abnormal life.  
          1. His peers continuously ridiculed and picked on.  
            1. They called him names, knocked books out of his hands, stole his clothes during his showers, victimized, and teased.  
              1. His father claims, “I knew he was going to be victimized at some point in his life,” (Hirsch).  
                1. Tyler’s father had a preconceived notion that Tyler was going to be bullied when he was very young just because he wasn’t very athletic or sporty.
              2. Kids took advantage of Tyler by calling him fag, geek,and worthless.
              3. He was also told to hang himself and his head was shoved into a locker.
      2. However, even though bullying is a problem that can lead to death, Kelby claims that the power of friendship can overcome bullying.
        1. “I got my four-foot-ten girlfriend to protect me,” says Kelby (Hirsch). Kelby says she wouldn’t be there without her friends.
          1. They have helped her overcome struggles such as being hit by a car and not being welcome in some homes.
    2. Bullying destroys lives, but it can be overcome with the support friends and family.
    1. Many argue that bullying cannot be overcome and that kids will make their own decisions.
      1. One cannot deny that Tyler had been planning his suicide for a while. The note was very specific and he explained that he had been bullied for quite some time.
      2. However, bullying could be prevented if authority took action to stop bullying.
        1. Instead, a teacher says, “Kids will be kids, boys will be boys,” (Hirsch).
          1. Authority decides to ignore bullying instead of taking action like Ty’s father, who fought bullying by creating the Stand for the Silent organization.
    2. Bullying can push an individual to their breaking point, death, therefore, it has power over lives.

1 comment:

  1. Good summary- a little less detail and more time spent on conclusion.( tie back to title and author). It should also be one sentence. Make sure to focus on one big idea.

    Good response. Your claim/counterclaim quotation explanations need more development. . Also, make sure to use strong verbs. Push forward thinking in your rebuttal. Use the rebuttal progression model to help you in this process.

    Concluding sentence: It should also be one sentence.
    You have good components- we just need to polish this up.

    Punctuate title correctly.