Connections Essay

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MAKING CONNECTIONS ESSAYBY: VIVEK CHANDRA TUTOR: TAMAThe decisions that anyone may undergo should always be thought out before attempting. We ever know what type of casualties may occur from a choice that takes effect in an instance. Decisions that we make have consequences good or bad is the theme that I have chosen to explore. I am giving evidence of this theme in short stories "On the Sidewalk Bleeding" (written by Evan Hunter) and "Stand on a Cloud" (written by Phil Kawana), also the film "Shark Tale" (directed by Vicky Jenson) and the song lyric's "Bad Decision" (by Trey Songz).The theme "decisions that we make have consequences good or bad" is presented in the text "On the Sidewalk Bleeding" written by Evan Hunter. At the beginning of the short story the character is described as being 16 years old and as being a member of a gang "THE ROYALS" "The Royals had chosen him" this quotation shows how Andy had made the decision joining a gang. The consequence to this decision is when Andy is stabbed by a rival gang member from the "Guardians" as Andy is stabbed the rival gang member shouts " that's for you Royal" this shows how Andy as an individual is not targeted but his gang "THE ROYALS" is stereotypically targeted. Andy's decision to join the gang has caused Andy to be attacked and the consequence of that is having his life short from him "I haven't live life yet", Andy's life that he wanted was to spend with his girlfriend Laura which he can't now as a consquence. This is similar to the text "Stand on a Cloud" because in both there is a decision both characters make, that causes an outcome of violence and conflict, when in " Stand on a Cloud" the character Tau has a consequence the leaves him with violence filled anger that is unleashed on his family. The differences between these two texts are that the character Andy is a 16 year old American and the character Tau is a 30 year old Maori. I think that Andy is stereotypically targeted when he was stabbed the rival gang member as a consequence, because if he had not decided to join the gang his life wouldn't of been cut so short so soon, and that people today in society should not gamble with their life like that.Another way that the theme "Decisions we make will have consequences good or bad" is expressed in the short story "Stand on a Cloud" written by Phil Rawana. The author talks about how the character Tau had made a decision of going to the Vietnam War early in his life. The decision has led to the direct consequence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; this disorder was known to affect approximately 30% of the men that served in the Vietnam after the war (statistical evidence). "He felt nothing for the gook kid" which shows how Tau witnesses a kid being blown up during the war, he has not shown any emotion for what he has seen, which the consequence on PTSD is responsible for. Further evidence is when the character Tau has nightmare's which is a symptom of PTSD, "and dreams that would wake...

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