ISU OUTLINE BY ABIRG ISU ENGLISH ESSAY OUTILINE Due Date- 9/12/2013 TOPIC- sullying CHOSEN NOVEL- TWISTED by Laurie Halse Anderson PARA I-INTRODUCTION Have you ever bullied or been bullied? If you have bullied or been bullied then you should know how bullying feels like. Bullying is very negative and creates major problems for our society. Nothing good comes out of bullying. It could very well change or ruin a person’s life. In fact, it does ruin many people’s lives. Kids can be mentally scarred if they are teased often.
Even worse, they could be killed or fatally injured if the bullying gets extreme. There are many causes for bullying which must be taken care of before bullying can be stopped. T. V. violence, families in poverty, and mis-teachings are Just several of the many serious causes for bullying. By the age of twenty-four, about sixty percent of high school bullies have a criminal record. Students all over the world are verbally and physically assaulted by their peer’s everyday. Bullies rip their preys self-esteem to shreds while theirs is sky high. Twisted’ By Laurie Halse Anderson is a beautiful book based on raising awareness about this social issue. While the overall story tackles weighty issues such as bullying, dentity, family and suicide, Anderson masterfully interjects humor that always seems to find its mark. Tyler’s struggle, both as he seeks attention and as he seeks to banish it, has been made to exact the real life situations. His volatile family situation especially his relationship with his father is familiar without bowing to a stereotypical, dysfunctional family.
This book depicts the same things that go on in the world we live in an ever more realistic manner, attention to detail is mesmerizingly thrilling. While bullying is seemingly impossible to defeat, it can be dentify and stop bullying, and if individuals stand up and support the victims. These many solutions will most definitely bring bullying to a possible demise. PARA 2- Sub-topic: introducing social issue using secondary sources Bullying is becoming an increasingly important problem for parents, school administrators and teachers, and it affects our society at large.
Bullying is not only physical; it can affect the mental well being as well, through methods of cyber- bullying. Which is probably the worst kind, as most of the children in todays world are dependent on their Virtual’ identity to make sure they live up to peoples xpectations and how it is because of this fake identity set to the world that they think of even ending their lives when such personal information would be threatened to be misused of. It is undeniable that cyber bullying is the highest cause of suicidal rates to increase by the day than any other type of bullying.
The footnoted source refers to the death of Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old from Halifax, Nova Scotiax, who tried committing suicide based on the fact that some people tried to post private photos, videos, and more constitute harassment on the Internet. l The second source footnoted) shows how parents play the biggest role when it comes to upbringing of the child. This ultimately leads to the values that the child will most likely follow as and when they grow older and get to know more about the world outside of their playground.
This article depicts how the upbringing of a child has led a mere fourteen-year-old girl to commit suicide. 2 PARA 3- Sub-topic: Summary of the plot, setting and characters Tyler Miller was not used to being noticed. He had gotten through his first three years of high school as a self-described “nerd-boy,” small and wimpy, the sometimes object of bullying. But then, something changed. He got in trouble, not Just school trouble, but the kind of trouble that meant police handcuffed him and then walked him out of school into a patrol car (Spray painting on the school wall in order to get noticed).
This got him noticed. And then he spent the summer doing community service, which involved assisting his high school’s Janitorial staff, doing a lot of manual labor. And all ofa sudden little nerd-boy was strong and muscular and looking a whole lot like a man. Tyler never thought it was possible, but as the school year began, his secret crush, Bethany Milbury, actually noticed him. She was the twin sister of a boy, who Tyler disliked, as much as he liked Bethany. Her father was Tyler’s father’s boss.
In a graphic change of events, we see how Tyler tackles problems not only in school but also in his family, where due to recent shifting, there has been a lot of tension and his father does not particularly make it easy for things to settle down. He is always on Tyler’s case and his mother and sister’s as well. We learn how the Tyler comes pinpoint close to committing suicide in the midst of the shrade that imagery of Tyler and his father grabbing some ice cream at the end. Setting is xtremely realistic, extracted directly from real life situations, hence, aggravating her point to make people realize about the problem at hand.
PARA 4- Sub-topic: how does the social issue impact the characters, how do they react to these problems? As the Novel’s plot is primarily based on the chosen social issue and what it means to be a man in the modern day times. The social issue of bullying is directly related to the novel and coincides with its every chapter. Tyler, the main character around whom the story revolves and who narrates the story to the reader, is affected the most. His life basically turns upside down as he turns from a eek kid into a man in a period of days.
Due to him being ignored a left alone all the time in all his years in high school, getting bullied and pushed away, roaming the corridors like a ghost, un noticed by everyone, he was left no choice but to retaliate and make an effort to get himself to be noticed. And when he does, he sets of a chain of events that engulf his selfesteem and new personality into a trait which is disliked by everyone in his school and home. His reputation goes down majorly. And due to this, he even thinks about committing suicide.
PARA 5- Sub-topic: Novels ideas, themes, moral message as they pertain to the social issue The main theme of the book is how people change by time and circumstances. For example, how Tyler changes after being ignored and committing a crime, as well as how he changes after everything goes wrong in his life, and everything pertaining to his images of being big and hunky comes toa standstill. It also emphasizes about transformation always comes with a cost and one must always remember their grounds as and when that happens in order to keep everything at a pace which is comfortable for everyone.
Other themes include, overcoming social adversity, earning confidence, becoming a ‘Man’, overcoming obstacles and most importantly, not giving p. I believe that the moral message that the book makes the reader realize is the importance of awareness of certain social issues ignored by us everyday. And how it leads to destruction of peoples lives in a major way. It also enlightens the reader why to never give in to peer pressure and to not change one self in order to get attention or to gain confidence of other people.
PARA 6- Sub-topic: Linking novels characters to real world situations and a way to resolve the social issue in the novel The novel creates such realistic imagery while reading that even linking them to their ounterparts in the real world becomes more or less flawless. Thousands of students go through the same thing that Tyler goes through. Most take it in and keep quite, but this novel concentrates on those who do something about it and make themselves into something their mind cannot comprehend.
They turn themselves into something theyre not. Tyler Miller what most people call the ‘nerd kid’; but with life too. People would go to such an extent to make themselves visible to the world that they lose track of who they are and might the consequences of their actions be. Some children do things on a big scale, like Tyler, which make them vulnerable; while some do small things like cut themselves in order to get people to know that they exist too. Such things make even the happiest of people into someone dark and dull, and in a wreck.
If only Tyler in the novel had taken time to think about the consequences of his actions, he would not have gone through so much. He should have sat down and think about what his new transformation can lead to, and how can he make people to believe that he is Just the same person, Just more attractive, he should not have succumb under peer pressure. PARA 7- Sub Topic: Possible plausible solutions to the social issue Many bullies share some common characteristics. They like to dominate others and they are generally focused on themselves. They often have poor social skills and poor social Judgment.
Sometimes they lack feelings of empathy or caring toward other people. To improve this situation, two things need to be done. First, parents and teachers need to change their way of thinking. They should not Just think about children studying but also about problems students may have such as bullying. In schools, everyone needs to change their attitude not to accept bullying. Teachers can use circle time to tackle prejudice and discrimination. Second, parents and teachers need to be aware of possibilities such as bullying when a child’s attitude is strange or gloomy.
Parents can reduce bullying behavior in children and teenagers by detecting what is going on. It is not easy to hear in the case when their own child is the bully, but it is important to address the problem in order to try and help the child change his or her bullying behavior. Therefore, close monitoring and well-spent time with children can help play a major role in tackling such issues. PARA 8- Sub Topic: Conclusion Kids without stress may respond to those who are vulnerable or different not by bullying but with kindness.
So parents and teachers need to be aware of bullying, and monitor the attitude of children in their care accordingly. If adults address their real problems, children will open their minds to parents and teachers, and the causes of bullying will be gradually eliminated. The novel mirrors the exact same image we have when we read either the different sources (news articles, etc. ) and makes the reader think about it even longer after keeping the book down. All the characters, the plot, the setting, the storyline and the emphasis on unnoticed detail provides an extremely realistic feel to it. While bullying is seemingly impossible to defeat, it can be over turned. This is possible if parents get involved, students are taught how to identify and stop bullying, and if individuals stand up and support the victims. These many solutions will most definitely bring bullying to a possible demise”. (Restated thesis statement). Reading the book from an overall point of view shares a lesson, that life will always comes with its ups and downs, it will make one all, its your own choice whether to get back up. ) “What Are at Least 5 Themes in the Book, “Twisted” by Laurie Halse Anderson? ” Yahoo! Answers. Yahoo! , n. d. Web. 08 Dec. 2013. 2) “What Are at Least 5 Themes in the Book, “Twisted” by Laurie Halse 3) Couwels, Kim Segal. John, John Couwels, Kim Segal Reported from Winter Haven, Florida;, Ben Brumfield Reported from Atlanta;, Marlena Baldacci, Kevin Wang, Steve Almasy, and Sara Ganim. “Mother of Girl Accused of Bullying Florida Teen Arrested on Unrelated Charges. ” CNN. Cable News Network, 01 Jan. 1970. Web. 14 Nov. 2013.