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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I loved how in the end Melissa saw how people Rick treated Angus and knew it was someone she could truly talk to. Angus also is a large boy from what the story states, which is what makes his life brife school difficult. As Angus deals with these issues, the reader understands the hardships that he has encountered during his lifetime and feels the pain he has gone through.

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Not only is he bullied for his size, but he is the child of homosexual parents. I think it is quite obvious that this book makes for a good opportunity to discuss the problem of bullying with students, talking about its negative effects. He is aware that the whole thing is a prank but he has learned from his grandfather that it is easier to just go along with some things than to bring even more attention to yourself and decides to go to the prom.

In the end he left with his dream girl who wasn’t so perfect herself.

As king he must dance with the queen, Melissa. The prom has approached and he has been choosen as the prom king as a cruel prank by one of the more popular kids.

His parents divorced and both married momennt same sex. Holding a master’s degree in curriculum and Instruction, she has written training materials for three school districts. Angus wasn’t part of the “it crowd”.

The sad things was, because of the way everyone had always treated Angus, he could only beethune of negative things that Melissa could have been saying about having to dance with him.

In the end, the good guy wins. It would not matter where in the year i placed berhune reading because this issue happens every day 2. The issue of image is another huge part of this text. I can remember feeling exactly like that.


Because they have both been elected as the Senior Winter Ball King and Queen, Angus and Melissa will share a dance alone in front of their fellow classmates.

Theme of the Short Story “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune”

Angus has, as a joke, been elected as Senior Winter Ball King, and is extremely anxious about having to dance with his long-time crush, Melissa, who is the Senior Winter Ball Queen.

I would use this in my classroom to liven up the curriculum. If you do not like dry, sarcastic bethine, this book may not be for you. I could relate a lot to this, with sometimes feeling like the heaviest or ugliest person in the room. Angus is often the victim of harsh ridicule from his peers. I agree with Crutcher that this is a major issue especially for adolescents today.

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A story about an over weight boy in junior high with not only one gay parent, but two. He loves his family, but the kids at his high school are not sngus accepting and riducule Angus because his parents are different. The end of this story was in a way predictable. Elise Wile has been a writer since Children would enjoy this story because they can relate to what is happening to Angus and make connections with it too.

Overall i thought this was a good tne and would be an excellent read for a child that is experiencing bullying. I agree with this because I have experienced this type of pressure to fit in and be popular like most all of my friends and peers. I think it is good for people to read those kinds of books as an outlet for how they feel if they don’t like to express their insecurities to other people.

I feel as if I did not relate as well. Angus has had a crush on Melissa for years and is nervous he will embarass himself. Even though he was voted in as senior winter ball king as a joke he took it like a real man. The narrator holds nothing back, making the situation quite believable.

Angus’s anxiety in the short story are mainly caused by his being elected king of the school dance. 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. I think it is safe to say that most students will be able to relate to this rather they are the villian or the victim and I also think that each group will have something to think about after reading the story.


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. The main theme of bullying and “never judge a book by its cover” are throughout this book entirely. A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune, by Chris Crutcher is a short story about an Indian school boy, named Angus, who experiences many life challenges through his young adult years.

He showed up at the ball instead of backing out and looking like a coward. Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist. When the girl of his dreams treated Angus like a person, and not an outsider, I found hope and so do others.

The author obviously puts bullying into a negative light, but also shows that it can be overcome with a little bit of courage and help from the right people.

Discuss where they originate and how they are perceived by other students. Even though I know this type of life is a reality, I found it difficult to read.

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 stand on either side away from the line. He comes out of the experience with a better view of himself and realizes that there’s no on in anvus himself short just because he doesn’t like the way he looks–because it’s something that he can’t change.

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 miment everyone thinks another person lief, we are all different and all want to be socially excepted. He discovers that Melissa has problems just as him even if different ones. This is one thing that most anyone can relate to because our culture has caused us to believe that there is a certain acceptance through our appearance.

Angus realizes that he is not the only one who suffers from insecurity about himself, and realizes that even people whom the world see as beautiful are not satisfied with themselves. LibraryThing All topics Hot topics Book discussions.