Contender

I. In the beginning of the book Alfred was already a drop out of high school andworking for Jewish people at a grocery store. He faced some problems with Majorbecause he did not want to go rob the grocery store on Friday night. Major andhis click beat him up for that. In the middle of the book Alfred becomes a boxerand his Aunt Pearl does not want him to box because it is dangerous.

But AuntPearl goes and talks to the reverend about Alfred boxing. The reverend says thatshe should just let him be that he will grow out of this stage he is goingthrough. Another one is when his friend James became a drug addict and comes tohim looking for money to buy drugs. I the end of the book Donatelli do not wantAlfred to continue boxing.

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He said that he does not have the guts to knocksomeone out. But almost everyone wants him to continue boxing because he hastalent. On his third and final boxing match he tries to show Mr. Donatelli thathe has the skill to become a contender.

II. Alfred was the main character of thebook; He went through a lot of stuff throughout the book. His best friend goesto jail and when he gets out he turns into a drug addict. But he is determinedto turn him straight. Just like he is determined to be a contender.

Mr.Donatelli is a boxing coach that owns his own gym. He is more dedicated toboxing than most people. For instance when Willie Streeter was boxing one timeand losing he stopped the match so he would not get hurt. III.

The book wasdefinitely first person narrator because it was always Alfred this and Alfredthat. I dont think one time the narrator said I. Robert Lipstyle namedthe book the Contender because Alfred Brooks wanted to be a contender. IV. Ithink there is some situational irony when Alfred first fought those two boxers.You would think that he would not lose the third match.

But in the end he lostreally badly to Huddard. I always held hope for Alfred during his last match. V.I think that Alfred is a perfect example of an epic hero. He struggles with afair amount of stuff like his boxing skills. I first three weeks of trainingwere hard but he stuck it out. Than when he wanted to quit the gym because hedid not have the skills. Mr.

Donatelli talks him into straying at the gym. Oneother situation was when James had an addiction to drugs and Alfred did not knowhow to set him straight. VI. The book had a lot of situations where peerpressure came into play. One time was when Mayor wanted to go rob that grocerystore.

Another was when James asked for money to go buy drugs. James said itwould be his last so Alfred gave him the money. And then when he was going toquit boxing but Mr.

Donatelli talks him into staying. VII. And in a certain way,the poll backs up his contention, that despite differences both blacks and Jewssee eye-to-eye on some important issues.

For example, both groups believe thatmuch more can be done to educate American children about the past sufferings oftheir peoples, including the Holocaust. About 49 percent of Jews and 72 percentof blacks said the same about teaching about slavery. VII. Boxing skills arerather more wrestling and agility over strength, the Queensberry rules helped toundo the popular image of boxing as a savage, brutal brawl.

The new rulesprohibited barefisted fighting, wrestling, hugging, hitting opponents while theyare helpless, and fighting to the finish. To make it a more enjoyable sport.Book Reports