I am an 11th grader at Westview High School. and in my literary category we did a memoir unit. In this unit we were given a pick of two memoirs to read. Out of those two books I selected your piece. Always Running. Truthfully I didn’t have much logical thinking behind taking your book other than that it seemed a batch more interesting than our other option. and my instructor played it up by stating it was “full of sex and force. ” Although I have no existent statement on why I choose your book over the other. I am highly satisfied that I did.
The novel explored the issues environing gang life. the life of poorness and besides got incite on metropoliss throughout LA that are greatly influenced by Latino civilization. With that. I think the overall subject of this piece is standing up and contending for what you believe. When you were younger. you were pushed around by the school and legal system because of many factors. Some being. that you did non cognize English. and you grew up in poorness. As an stripling you were involved in a figure of packs activities and witnessed many deceases. Despite your repute. you stood up to your school principal and fought for equality among the pupils. Old ages subsequently you stood up to the constabulary when you saw them hassling a intoxicated Mexican adult female. You besides protested against the Vietnam war subsequently on in life. All of the bases that you took ended with you suspended or in prison. but still you ne’er gave up and ne’er stopped contending for what you believed to be right.
Your book doesn’t needfully necessitate highly deep idea. but it does acquire you believing. I believe that in your book there are many morals/ lessons that if non looked for could perchance be missed. Taking the environment that you grew up in into history. you proved that who you are as an grownup doesn‘t have to straight mirror the environment and people you were surrounded by turning up. You defied the odds that were written for you and do your life your ain. I admire that you rescued yourself from the suicidal life style that you were originally prosecuting. This deliverance came through art and political relations.
Your authorship and artistic ability got merely plenty modeling in your young person that you began to happen greater power in a pen and your authorship than in a gun or pack. You besides recognized that packs have become even more unsafe and present in modern society than when you were younger. With that. you got a thrust to derive power so that you could finally alter the societal conditions that cause packs and pack related activities. As an grownup you show great concern for your boy. because you know all excessively good the manner the life style of pack members appeal to the hapless and underestimated. so you fear he may non be able to get away it the manner you did.
As for your authorship manner. I enjoyed the imagination and the ways you played with the genre of memoir. What we think memory is? What sort of things do we retrieve? How do we retrieve it? For me much of my memory is merely what you showed ; small snapshots of minutes in clip. So I related to that facet of your authorship.
From a political and some what societal position. this piece does a good occupation of reflecting visible radiation on some grounds childs join packs and provides thoughts of possible waies out. You talk about packs as a sort of mass self-destruction and that’s a construct that truly stuck with me ; here are all these childs who are merely looking for household while detesting themselves along the manner.
I do hold one inquiry that I feel would acquire an interesting reply. Although you faced many challenges throughout your life. is at that place anything you would alter about it. or do you look back on it as an experience that molded you into who you are today?