The Life Of Lincoln West
"It comforted him. For almost four years it meant a lot to him," ends the short story, "The Life of Lincoln
West" by Gwendolyn Brooks. This quote suggests that the eleven-year-old Lincoln commits suicide. Why would he
do this? Because of the crushing rejection of Lincoln by his parents, teacher, friends,
and strangers, he ends his life.
Although it may be hard to believe, Lincoln was rejected by his own family. His father couldn't stand to look
at Lincoln. He tried very hard to please his father but was not successful. His mother put him with her hairpins and
sweethearts, dance slippers, and torn paper roses. She didn't think of her own child as anymore important than these
insignificant objects. His parents didn't love him because of the way he looked. Holidays with his family were ruined
because his family members couldn't believe that he was so ugly. They felt resentment about him.
Lincoln loved his kindergarten teacher but her only concern for Lincoln was one part sympathy and two parts
repulsion. It was even difficult for her to be polite to Lincoln because of the way he
looked. She did a nice thing for
Lincoln one day after school by walking him home. The only reason she walked Lincoln home from school was
because she felt pity for him. After she started walking him home she regretted it.