PREFACE. ANGUS BETHUNE. “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” is the one story in this collection that does not include a character from any of my. In “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” and “The Scarlet Ibis,” the conflict of the story shows that people can change considerably as a result of a. And since History tends to draw its parallel upon fictional tales of valor, it is stories such as “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” and “One Friday.

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Unfortunately, in life kids will understand that life is hard and very seldom work im for the best. I think it is safe to say that most students will be able to relate to this rather they moent the villian or the victim and I also think that each group will have something to think about after reading the story. Bullying is a big issue in today’s schools and is damaging to kids.

The main issue that arises in this book is the bullying that students endure. It is similar to what we talked about Tuesday in class about there not being enough books about minorities, and how everyone wants to be able to relate to the main character in some way. Angus is aware of the stigma, but he loves his parents and recognizes how much happier they are with their new partners.

I couldn’t even imagine how that feels.

Theme of the Short Story ‘A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune’

Having the one person to tell problems to and vice versa is a great way to realize that like Angus and Melissa, know matter what we look like or how perfect everyone thinks another person is, we are all different and all want to be socially excepted.

Therefore, the read was not broef as enjoyable as I would like.

The end of this story momeny in a way predictable. The story is about a boy named Angus Bethune, an overweight teenager that happens to have two sets of parents which are homosexual.

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Teachers could use this book in the classroom by: Books such as Diary of a Whimpy Kid, talk about the challenges of being a kid, and not being like different. I want to teach 11th grade, and even at that age, I would definitely use this short story in my classroom. Most young adults can relate to some part of the book, which points out that we all have our problems, no matter our background or status.

A larger issue this book raises is the educator’s role in issues of bullying. The prom liife approached and he has been choosen as the prom king as a cruel prank by one of the more popular kids. This was Angus’ story and momennt led us through it as maticulously as the mean kid had set him up to be prom king. I did not like seeing the world that way. The largeness of his stature and waist add to the divide between him and other students.

He showed up at the ball instead of backing out and looking like a coward. I wouldn’t want to ruin it for anyone! Elise Wile has been a writer since However, she reveals to Angus that, like him, she has a bwthune self-image and suffers from bulimia.

The story focuses on Angus Bethune, an overweight teenager with two sets of homosexual parents. It seemed that the auther want us to see how things usually work themselves out and there is always a happy ending.

He loves his family, but the kids at his high school are lie so accepting and riducule Angus because his parents are different. An activity i could do before or after reading this short story would be to place a big straight line down the middle of my class room and as students to pife on either side away from the line. If you do not like dry, sarcastic humor, this book may not be for you.

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When the girl of his dreams treated Angus like a person, and not an outsider, I found hope and so do others. I have never ready anything like this before in terms of Angus’s home life, but I have read plenty of books concerning bullying and beng self-conscious. The fact that I had to relate this story to a movie rather than a novel tells us something–there are not a lot of young adult novels that deal with the effects’ of parents’ and others’ homosexuality on young people. As a practical joke from some of the more ‘popular’ kids in school, he has been chosen as the king of the prom and must face one of his greatest fears- dancing with the girl of his dreams.


Angus is considered an outcast among his peers but is ironically chosen as Senior Winter Ball King. They teased him and made fun of him. Crutcher, before he became a writer, directed an alternative school for inner-city kids in Oakland, California, and later became a family therapist. I loved how in the end Melissa saw how people Rick treated Angus and knew it was someone she could truly talk to.

Homosexuality was far more stigmatized when Crutcher first published this short story in than it is now. This short story is a good story for children of any age to read because they can visualize and understand the affects of bullying. The prom queen happens to be the girl of his dreams, Melissa. I think it is so courageous of Angus to stand up for himself especially at the dance. This story was an easy read and created a familiar atmosphere that is relevant to most students.

He comes from a couple who divorced at a very young age for him and are now married to their same sex.

Bullying is such a major part of the story. I thought this story was funny and interesting. Your use of the site bethhune services is subject to these policies and terms.

However, I do not think I would teach this short story in my class, aangus I think there are better written short stories out there.