Introduction: Bridge to Terabithia is a story of fifth grader Jesse Aarons. He becomes friend with his new neighbor Leslie Burke . Leslie is a smart, talented, outgoing tomboy. Jesse is an artistic boy who, in the beginning of the novel, is fearful, angry, and depressed. Through the friendship with Leslie, he becomes courageous and lets go of his anger and frustration. Title: Bridge to Terabithia Author: Katherine Paterson Main theme: The story starts out simply enough: Jess Aarons wants to be the fastest boy in the fifth grade–he wants it so bad he can taste it.
He’s been practicing all summer, running in the fields around his farmhouse until he collapses in a sweat. Then a tomboy named Leslie Burke moves into the farmhouse next door and changes his life forever. Not only does Leslie not look or act like any girls Jess knows, but she also turns out to be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. After getting over the shock and humiliation of being beaten by a girl, Jess begins to think Leslie might be okay. Despite their superficial differences, it’s clear that Jess and Leslie are soul mates.
The two create a secret kingdom in the woods named Terabithia, where the only way to get into the castle is by swinging out over a gully on an enchanted rope. Here they reign as king and queen, fighting off imaginary giants and the walking dead, sharing stories and dreams, and plotting against the schoolmates who tease them. Jess and Leslie find solace in the sanctuary of Terabithia until a tragedy strikes and the two are separated forever. “… Jess slid out of bed and into his overalls.
He didn’t worry about a shirt because once he began running he would be as hot as popping grease even if the morning air was chill, or shoes because the bottoms of his feet were by now as tough as his worn-out sneakers … ” Pg. 1 “… “A pair of what? ” She stuck her head out between the coats. “Cleats. Cleats. ” She produced them. They looked like size twelves. “Naw, I’d lose ’em in the mud. I’ll just go barefoot. ” “Hey,” she said, emerging completely. “Me, too. ” The ground was cold.
The icy mud sent little thrills of pain up their legs, so they ran splashing through the puddles and slushing in the mud … ” Pg. 101 A Bridge To Terabithia PLOT, SETTING, THEME, NARRATIVE POINT OF VIEW PLOT: Jess Aarons is an eleven year old boy living in the South. At Jess’ school, the kids race everyday to see who can run the fastest. Jess wants to be the fastest runner in the 5th grade so his dad will be proud of him. When school starts, there is new girl named Leslie Burke. She goes to the boy’s side of the playground and beats everyone in the race.
Jess & Leslie become best friends and create a fantasyland across the creek in the woods where they live. They call it Terabithia. Everyday after school Jess & Leslie go to Terabithia. Leslie is the queen and Jess is the king. They play all kinds of games there, Leslie tells Jess stories like Moby Dick, and Jess pretends that his family is not poor. Also, Leslie is the only person that understands that Jess wants to be an artist. Everyone else makes fun of him so he feels like being an artist is dumb.
Leslie even buys him an expensive art set for Christmas to help him be a better artist. One day the music teacher at school, Miss Edmunds, invites Jess to go with her to Washington to see the art galleries. Jess goes with her and has a great day. But when Jess gets home, he finds out that Leslie drowned when she was swinging into Terabithia on the rope. He feels sad, angry, and afraid because his best friend is dead. After a while, he decides that Leslie would want him to keep Terabithia alive and not pretend like it never happened.
SETTING: The story takes place during the end of the 1970’s. The location is a place called Lark Creek, Virginia, a rural area in the southern part of the United States. Most of the story takes place either at Lark Creek Elementary School or in Terabithia, the make believe land across the creek in the woods where Leslie and Jess live. THEME: The main theme in Bridge to Terabithia is about how in true friendships people can be themselves without being made fun of or laughed at. The reason I think this is…