The Running Dream

The Running Dream

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  • Caitlin Countryman English 10: 5th hour
  • The Running Dream
  • Setting:
  • Birth and Origin:
  • By: Wendelin Van Draanen Copyright © 2011 by Wendell Van Draanen Parsons
  • Hero's Flaw, Hero's struggle:
  • The setting of my novel I'm reading takes place during modern time with everything being told in the present. Jessica also gives a few flashbacks of events that helped us as readers feel Jessica’s love and passion for running. The setting most of the time, took place in Mercy Hospital. Jessica laid in the hospital bed everyday, replaying the traumatizing event that occurred to her. She would even relate her passion for running to her dreadful event. “But their voices are muffled by the gasping for air, the pounding of earth, the pumping of blood, the need to collapse. Rigor Mortis Bend. I feel like I'm living on Rigor Mortis Bend.”(pg.15) Once Jessica had made tremendous healing progress and passed physical therapy requirements, Jessica had then been released home. At home, Jessica laid in bed for days trying to mentally prepare herself for the outside world and school. After finally being forced to leave her house, Jessica realizes she was ready. The next day, Jessica was back at Liberty High School. Once Jessica was back at Liberty High, she realized that nothing really changed while she was gone.. except the fact that now she was in a wheelchair.
  • Antagonist:
  • CRASH!! BOOM!!
  • The protagonist of my novel is Jessica. Jessica is a junior at Liberty High School. Her passion is running. “I am a runner. That's what I do. That's who I am. Running is all I know, or want or care about.”(pg.4) Jessica runs for her high school. One day, coming home from a track invitational, a guy crashed into the bus of the track team and severely injured Jessica. In fact, so severe it caused the loss of a leg from below the knee and down. The significant characters that contribute to Jessica’s progress are her parents and her best friend Fiona. Jessica's parents, especially her mom, remains positive and strong towards the tragedy. She is always looking for the brighter side of situations. As for Jessica's best friend Fiona, she is Jessica's motivation. After finally getting back home from the traumatizing event, Fiona motivates and persuades Jessica to leave her house. By getting Jessica out of the house, Fiona is trying to raise Jessica's mood and confidence back up towards herself. Eventually, Fiona convinces Jessica that she is finally ready to go back to school since the accident.
  • In my novel “The Running Dream”, Jessica's internal conflict begins with her leg being amputated. After the loss of one her legs, Jessica felt there was no moving on, she didn't care to try anymore. “My life is over. Behind the morphine dreams is the nightmare of reality. A reality I can't face.”(pg.1) She began to only think negatively towards her new reality. Jessica's thinks she will never be able to run again or she will never adjust to her “new life”. The internal conflict of this situation would be Jessica finding her determination to continue on and conquer this new obstacle in her life. Jessica's external conflict would be the bus accident. Coming home from a track meet, a truck crashes into a bus Jessica and her fellow teammates were on. This causes the loss of Jessica's leg. The loss of Jessica's leg then later leads on to the external conflict of Jessica receiving her prosthetic leg. Jessica's flaw that stands out the most within the novel is her negativity. She remains negative towards her new adjusted life and thinks she will never be able to run again. Jessica's negativity throughout the story slows her progress rate towards success and leads to more conflicts down her heroic journey.
  • The antagonist within the novel I am reading is the crash. It is the antagonist in the story because it is what caused dramatic and traumatic change to Jessica. The crash is what took away Jessica's passion;running. It caused Jessica to become dreadful and have no hope for recovery. “Running aired out my soul. It made me feel alive. And now? I'm stuck in this bed, knowing I'll never run again.”(pg. 4) The crash is what gives Jessica conflict, making her work harder to succeed.
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