Reading Log: Topic Choice- Characters The main characters are Jess Aaron and Leslie Burke in the book "Bridge to Terabithia". Jess is the protagonist because he wants to be top first in his fifth grade class. He has been practicing all summer to be number one in his fifth grade class. He had many responsibilities in the house but that still didn't stop him from striving to become top one not until a girl names Leslie Burke moved into town. On the first day of school it was an average day of school for him until it all came down in recess. Recess was the time to identify who was fastest if all the boys. Jess was excited because for him this was his moment to shine and to prove himself that he was the fastest. He was succeeding in all of the heats until Leslie Burke came to the event. She wanted to run but many boys didn't tolerate it since she was a girl. Jess had felt sorry for her before so he voluntary spoke up to the guys to let her run with them. During the finals Leslie had beaten all the boys including Jess although Jess was surprised and he accepted it but for the other boys they were sore losers about it. Leslie tried to get close to Jess since he let her raced although the only thing Jess wants to do is avoid her at the moment.
Reading Log: Conflict The protagonists in this book are Jess Aaron and Leslie Burke their problems all began with Leslie, not owning a television set. This is a problem because she comes from a wealthy family and so then the kids in her grade level, especially a group of girls make fun of her. Jess felt bad for her and he went to check up on her because even though she is competition for him and she is the fastest he still cares about her feelings. Leslie didn't give in she ran away from him and she was avoiding him now because she was embarrassed. Jess still tried to get her attention because he didn't want her to be alone and so he finally got her attention and eventually led up to them being best friends. Leslie Burke is dealing with external conflict because she doesn't owe a TV set which leads up to her sharing her information. It becomes into external because people are now making fun of her and Jess eventually feels bad and tries to become close friends with her. On page 45 it states " At recess time when he was playing King of the Mountain, he could see that Leslie was surrounded by a group of girls lead by Wanda Kay. He couldn't hear what they were saying, but he could tell that the others were making fun of her", meaning Leslie dealt with problems physically. Another example is "Before he could finish the sentence and catch up with her, she was swinging the door to the girl's room right at his nose". Eventually Leslie gave in, Jess and her become best friends and had their own hiding spot.
Reading Log #3 : Plot The scene of "The Mermaid Chair" takes place on Bull's Bay near Egret Island in South Carolina in the year 1988. During this year Jessie has dealt with an internal conflict, which is her dad dying and believing its her fault. This internal conflict affects her in a way where she can not go to church on Ash Wednesday because it always reminds her the death of her dad since he died on that day. This creates a universal lesson because many people deal with internal conflict and for their rest of their life they live with guilt and feel like they can not overcome their obstacle that is holding them back. Jessie continues on living like everyone else but it had an affect because any memory of her and her dads reminds her of his death and she deals with guilt. The scene action is exposition on page 9 " Lately Hugh had pushed me to see Dr. Ilg, one of the psychiatrists." sentence after that is states "I'd refused on the grounds that she had a parrot in her office" Basically her husband thinks it is the best think to seek for help since she has been traumatize for years, she doesn't want to reason with him and she refuses to go. Saying that she has a parrot is just and excuse to escape and not go to their session. I predict Jessie considers seeking for help as a predicament situation she doesn't like when people reprimand her but her husband will try to persuade her into seeking for help.