In class we are writing essays. As you may know already there are different types of essays. There are persuasive essays, narrative essays, descriptive essays, expository essays, and comparing essays. As you already know from the title, this is a comparing essay. I am using two Patricia Polacco books. My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother and Chicken Sunday. I hope you think highly of my essay.
In books, people change. It is an essential part of literature. Novels, short stories and even picture books all have this trait. The books, My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother and Chicken Sunday, by Patricia Polacco, are both great examples of this. The characters in this book aren’t always what they seem. The children, in both these books are perceived in a way that makes them seem “rotten” or “foul”.
In the book, My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother, Richard (The rotten redheaded older brother) starts out as a very mean and competitive older brother. He always tried to become better than his sister at any competition. He would also always make things competitive. Richard taunted Tricia. He would say” And I’m 4 year older than you! Always have been, always will be!” But then, at the end, Richard finally made peace with his sister, because Tricia “Did something special”. This shows that Richard wasn’t what he seemed to be.
In the book, Chicken Sunday, multiple characters are misperceived. One of whom, was Mr. Kodinsky. He was misperceived in a way that made him seem grumpy and crabby. Yet, once he found out about the truth he forgave the kids almost instantly. Another few characters that are misperceived are the kids. But, the kids are only seen in a different way by Mr. Kodinsky. This is because, to Mr.Kodinsky, it looks as if the younger children threw the eggs at his door, not the older ones. But at the end, both, the kids and Mr.Kodinsky seem to show their true colors.
The theme that runs through both of these stories, transcends into life also. In life, people aren’t always what they seem. Sometimes, someone can seem mean and grumpy, yet with a little pushing from the right person, they can become one of the nicest people you have met. Or, vice versa. These two books are great examples of this and show exactly how this idea can be brought into general life.