The contender Essay

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The contender




I. In the beginning of the book Alfred was already a drop out of high school and working
for Jewish people at a grocery store. He faced some problems with Major because he did
not want to go rob the grocery store on Friday night. Major and his click beat him up for
that.

In the middle of the book Alfred becomes a boxer and his Aunt Pearl does not want him to
box because it is dangerous. But Aunt Pearl goes and talks to the reverend about Alfred
boxing. The reverend says that she should just let him be that he will grow out of this
stage he is going through. Another one is when his friend James became a drug addict and
comes to him looking for money to buy drugs.

I the end of the book Donatelli do not want Alfred to continue boxing. He said that he
does not have the guts to knock someone out. But almost everyone wants him to continue
boxing because he has talent. On his third and final boxing match he tries to show Mr.
Donatelli that he has the skill to become a contender.


II. Alfred was the main character of the book; He went through a lot of stuff throughout
the book. His best friend goes to jail and when he gets out he turns into a drug addict.
But he is determined to 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 to boxing
than most people. For instance when Willie Streeter was boxing one time and losing he
stopped the match so he would not get hurt.


III. The book was definitely first person narrator because it was always Alfred this and
Alfred that. I don’t think one time the narrator said “I.” Robert Lipstyle named the book
the Contender because Alfred Brooks wanted to be a contender.


IV. I think 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 lost really
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 a fair
amount of stuff like his boxing skills. I first three weeks of training were hard but he
stuck it out. Than when he wanted to quit the gym because he did not have the skills.
Mr. Donatelli talks him into straying at the gym. One other situation was when James had
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