Robert Cormier used these types of events in an effort to show the reader not only what can happen when you can’t control yourself under the influence but also to show what the aftermath can be.
And what about Kate in Having played only the role of "all-American girl" all her life, what psychological changes does she undergo as she copes with the responsibility of a busload of children and the reality of death at the hands of terrorists? Unwittingly Kate is thrust into the role of protector, forced to look inward for the courage and strength she is not sure is there. Like many females, she has been accustomed to seeking outside validation of her worth, demonstrated by her wish that her parents were there to tell her she is brave. We as readers see her courage, but she does not. By the end of the novel, we can see that Kate is the perfect example of psychologist definition of "moral maturity" -- an integration of justice with an ethic of care. Not only has she shown compassion and concern for the children in her charge, all the while plotting a means of escape; but she also gives comfort to the young terrorist Miro, even though she is repulsed by what he stands for. Cradling him in her arms, his gun crushing her ribs as he rails hysterically at her suggestion that Artkin was his father, she "rocked him gently, the way she had rocked the children on the bus, crooning softly, a song without a tune, words without meaning, but sounds to bring him comfort and solace" ( ). This is a new Kate, a different Kate from the one who boarded the bus that morning to take the children to day camp. After much soul-searching, she is just beginning to understand who she really is. Ironically Miro robs her of the chance for further exploration when he squeezes the trigger, killing her instantly.
The first section of this paper highlights the social setting and the psychological changes that trigger identity crises and moral conflicts in adolescents. Then, the work of , Lawrence Kohlberg, and Carol serves as a backdrop for illustrating "tests of character" that adolescents face in Robert Cormier's novels. To conclude, I will describe potential outcomes and educational implications of these tests.
awhile a go and is ready to make his first attack
He is to kill the bus driver
This will prove to his leader that he has what it takes to fight for his beloved country which he has never been to
He is all alone with no relatives so he has nothing to lose The author of the story Robert Cormier was born January 17, 1925 and died November 2, 2000 at the age of 75
He was known for his pessimistic and downbeat literature
His books often deal with themes that involve abuse, mental illnesses, violence, revenge, betrayal
In most of his novels, the protagonists do not win Whether or not to read it This book would be most appropriate for young adults and teens
You should read this book if you are into suspense, action, and thrillers
I would rate this book a 9 out of 10 because it was extremely interesting and it kept me hooked from the beginning
The reason it didn't get a 10/10 was because I didn't like the way the book concluded
The book also had a good plot and a wonderful overall theme Works cited "After the First Death." Wikipedia.