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The Eleventh Plague By Jeff Hirstch

976 words - 4 pages

Age is just a number, well at least for Stephen Quinn it is. Stephen Quinn is 15 years old, but he does not let his age define who he is. Although Stephen was matured for his age when the plague started, he still had a lot of growing to do. Throughout the novel The Eleventh Plague Stephen is prematurely forced through the journey into adulthood. Stephen had to mentally mature enough to allow himself to open up and trust people. Stephen had to toughen up and become a man and he had to be strong enough to have courage in the worst of times. When he thought it could not get any worse he was hit with something that seemed unsurpassable. He had to suffer the pain of losing his dad to the ...view middle of the document...

since the plague started Stephen had to mature in a short amount of time, but courage was something he had to gain. We see him have many struggles with courage and being the man in a tough situation. In chapter two Stephen and his dad stumble upon a “B-88 ship”, however Stephen showed signs of fear which is unacceptable considering there desperate need for supplies. Stephen says “Doesn't look like there’s anything here, maybe we should…”, this was followed by his dad interrupting and letting him know he’ll be fine. This showed Stephen’s first sign of fear, but that had to change. Stephen had to be strong but inside, he was still just a kid. Through many confrontation Stephen still did not fully develop his courage. Luckily Stephen had his dad, but one day he knew he was going to have to fend for himself. In chapter thirty-three people had guns pointed at everyone, including Stephen. Stephen bravely built up the courage to defend everyone by saying “‘Look”, I said as steady as I could “the people who came here before us nearly destroyed the whole world, but that was yesterday. This is today, and today we’ve got a choice right?’” Stephen had to have a lot of guts to say that, considering he had a gun pointed at his face with the power to end his life in one second. After that Stephen courageously put his hand on the gun and lowered it as he convinced them all to lower their guns. Stephen finally gained his courage and was ready to withstand anything the plague threw at him.

After many experiences from the plague Stephen thought he was ready for anything, however there was one thing he was not ready for....

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