Every Day, By David Levithan Essay

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Breaking rules is what makes humans learn. This is what David Levithan interpreted in his 322-page fictional novel, Every Day. David Levithan uses characterization, vivid imagery, and irony to convey to readers that systems don’t follow rules.
Every Day, a 322-page fictional novel by David Levithan takes place in Maryland. In the novel, Every Day, there are protagonists, and antagonists. The novel’s protagonist goes by the name A, and Rhiannon. The antagonists are Nathan, and Justin. Throughout the novel readers learn that A is not an ordinary human being. When A was born he was able to switch bodies of own his age everyday. When A was a toddler he thought that everyone was just like him, and he started to realize that his life was a lie. As the years went by a made up his own rules so he won’t ruin the person’s life, but that all changed when he was 16. He met a girl named Rhiannon through her boyfriend’s body, Justin. A fell in love with Rhiannon, and took her to the beach, and Rhiannon felt something different, and she liked it. One day A went into Nathan’s body, and went to a party to meet Rhiannon. A danced, and talked with her until he realized it was late and he had to leave as soon as possible. It was around 11 pm, and A couldn’t get to Nathan’s home any sooner so A went to the side of a road, and left the body. When Nathan woke up there were polices investigating his car. He claimed that a demon got inside him because he knew what was going on, but didn’t know how. A couple days later Justin wanted to tell Rhiannon who he was, and when he did she couldn’t believe him, but as time went by he started to fall for her. During the climax of the story Justin saw Rhiannon talking to A. Justin came up to A and they started to fight. Rhiannon got mad, and realized that her, and A can’t be together because of the conditions. Days later, A goes into a body of a boy named, Alexander. A feels as if he and Alexander have similar feelings, and the same personalities. A teaches Alexander how to love Rhiannon. Finally, A leaves town, and lets Rhiannon, and Alexander live happy.
In this excerpt, Levithan uses characterization to convey to readers that, systems don’t follow rules. Here, Levithan shows readers how A feels about Rhiannon, and how he will break the rules for her.
“Normally, I would take these as parameters. Normally, I would stay within Nathan’s safe zone. But not today. Not with a chance of seeing Rhiannon again. I remember yesterday, and how the trail that got me through the darkness seemed to be attached in some way to her. It’s as if when you love someone, they become your reason. And maybe I’ve gotten it backward, maybe because I need a reason that find myself falling in love with her.”(68).
In this excerpt, Levithan uses characterization to demonstrate the theme, systems don’t follow rules because it shows A’s feelings towards Rhiannon, when he is about to break his own rules. In this novel, A shows himself as passionate...

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