The Seventh Most Important Thing

The Seventh Most Important Thing
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  • Mr. Hampton's Proposal
  • Not the punishment I would have given but ok.
  • WHAT!?!
  • What if he works for me instead?!
  • Probation
  • Ugh, This Sucks!
  • School
  • Instead of spending years in Juvie, Arthur would have a chance to redeem himself by working for Mr.Hampton.
  • Makes a Friend
  • Hey, I am Reginald. 
  • Arthur begins his probation, it makes him very angry and thinks it is totally unfair.
  • Gets to be with his Family
  • Arthur has lost the trust of his peers since he went to juvie.  When he stood up to some jocks who were bullying a kid, they said he was the bully and got in trouble for it.
  • Lets go of sadness and anger
  • Arthur meets Reginald or "Squeak" and they become good friends.
  • Hey, I'm Arthur
  • Spends the the first Christmas without his Father with his family.  If he'd gone to juvie, he wouldn't have been there to help put up the tree.
  • When smashing mirrors for Mr. Hampton, Arthur feels like he is breaking the mirror of sadness and anger from his father's death.
  • Backstory
  • When I fought in Guam during WW2, I saw things that made me want to die.
  • I made something beautiful out of broken things
  • Then I had a vision that led me to build the throne of the third heaven.
  • Flashback
  • Final piece of Advice
  • Don't wait for a better time.  I waited too long, and now people aren't going to see everything I want them to see.
  • Mr. Hampton explains his back story to Arthur and Squeak.
  • Realization
  • This could have been part of MY redemption too!
  • Mr. Hampton saw the horror's of war and almost gave up on life.  Then he had his vision and started making his art.
  • REDEMPTION
  • One of the themes behind the story is how you can find redemption in the most unlikely ways.  
  • Mr. Hampton tells Arthur to not wait for a better time to show people what he wants them to see in him.
  • The Seventh Most Important ThingbyShelly Pearsall
  • When people from the art museum come to look at Mr. Hampton's work, Arthur realizes this project was part of his redemption too.  He had been given a second chance to have a better life.
  • Image Attributions: break out (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29887284@N00/40701581721/) - Paul B. (Halifax) - License: Attribution, Non Commercial (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/)

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