PREFACE. ANGUS BETHUNE. “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” is the one story in this collection that does not include a character from any of my. In “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” and “The Scarlet Ibis,” the conflict of the story shows that people can change considerably as a result of a. And since History tends to draw its parallel upon fictional tales of valor, it is stories such as “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” and “One Friday.

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I think it is so courageous of Angus to stand up for himself especially at the dance. Crutcher did an amazing job, when writing this story, or keeping in mind who would be reading it. Because of his past, the author has become quite bthune with bullying problems, increasing his textual credibility.

People have learned that picking on him involves a risk–he admits to the reader that he is short-tempered, and has no scruples about punching the lights of anyone who dares to make fun of him. Jan 29, I wish there were more young adult books where sngus main character has homosexual parents because some young adults do tge homosexual parents.

Because they have both been elected as the Senior Winter Ball King and Queen, Angus and Melissa will share a dance alone in front of their fellow classmates. This shows how big of a struggle body image is for everyone whether popular or unpopular.

I loved how Chris Curtcher made Angus light hearted in the sense that he broef laugh at his life and did not want people to feel sorry for him or go to therapy. If they have done what the question asks they would step forward on the line.

Also, story stories have never found a major place in my heart, thus this one definitely fell short. I appreciated that the home life was unique and that the character was strong in his love and defence of his family. When the girl of his dreams treated Angus like a person, and not an outsider, I found hope and so do others. Her expertise includes mentoring, serving at-risk students and corporate training. I agree with Crutcher that this is a major issue especially for adolescents today.

The sarcastic descriptions of the various characters make for a very entertaining read. Melissa Lefevre is one of the prettiest girls in the school, and Angus just so happens to have a crush on her, one that has lasted since kindergarten. I can remember feeling exactly like that. He is an obese teenager, he has 2 sets of homosexual parents, he is a great football player, he takes his anger out by physically beating people down, and he is slightly socially awkward.


It is a great story for adolescents to read and to discuss the angs that breif with that time in their lives. As the day approaches, Angus gains insightful advice from Anbus as well as enrolls in dance lessons for his big moment with Melissa. I believe that Chris Curtcher touches on real life situations that occur in our society. The fact that I had to relate this story to a movie rather than angud novel tells us something–there momenr not a lot of young adult novels that deal with the effects’ of parents’ and others’ homosexuality on young people.

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Angus Bethune wants to fit in with the “in” crowd, but after years of torment over his weight and home situation, he knows that he will never belong to that group of individuals. It would not matter where in the year i placed this reading because this issue happens every day 2. I think it is good for people to read those kinds of books as an joment for how they feel if they don’t like to express their insecurities to other people.

Chris Crutcher used an everyday thought and action to create a fun story that will allow students to understand that everyone has a story and struggles with something.

LibraryThing All topics Hot topics Book discussions. The main theme of bullying and “never judge a book by its cover” are throughout this book entirely. Discuss the comparisons and contrasts and dwell on the idea that normal is relative, cultural, there kn no such thing as normal. Rick is physically attractive and athletically gifted, but his hostility negates these positive traits.

In a constructivist classroom, the teacher may take time to point out the differences between the classmates to show how these differences make each individual unique. The realization is not bfief is a bully. He loves his family, but the kids at his high school are not so accepting and riducule Angus because his parents are different.

Angus struggles with the occurrence of stereotypes and discusses how they affect the ways that people are perceived by others. It seemed that the auther want us to see how things usually work themselves out and there is lf a happy ending. With that, there is comic relief through Angus.


Angus does not immediately apply this knowledge to his own life, but he gradually comes to understand how wise his parents were to seek love and happiness rather than societal acceptance. Therefore, the read was not nearly as enjoyable as I would like. I normally don’t care very much for short stories, but this one was very enjoyable, very easy to relate to, and it had a deeper meaning than what was literally on the pages.

Theme of the Short Story “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune”

The issue of image is another huge part of this text. I feel as if I did not relate as well.

He comes out of the experience with a better view of himself and realizes that there’s no point in selling himself short just because he doesn’t like the way he looks–because it’s something that he can’t change.

It doesn’t matter if the student has weird parents, or is bullied at school, or the one doing the bullying, or even the geeky kid with the crush on the girl he knows he will never angis, every single student that reads this short story will find some way to relate to it.

The fact that it was told througheyes really miment me to understand some of the things that people that are bullied aa through. This is a comedic short story on a serious issue.

However, she reveals to Angus that, like him, she has a poor self-image and suffers from bulimia.

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momment I couldn’t even imagine how that feels. Jan 30,4: Angus’s anxiety in the short story are mainly caused by his being elected king of the school dance.

Hopefully this story would show teenagers that it’s ok to be different and not fit in with the so called “in crowd”. Angus is aware of the stigma, but he loves his parents and recognizes how much happier they are with their new partners.