The Wednesday Wars

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The Wednesday Wars

Point of ViewThe point of view is in first person, which helps the story seem more interesting because you don't get to see what the other characters are thinking, or why they acted in a certain way. It makes the other characters have a sort of mystery to them. Also, you see people only in the way Holling sees them, and you only see one side of the story.

SummaryThe Wednesday Wars is a story that tells about a boy named Holling, who has a teacher, Mrs.Baker, Who hates his guts. Throughout the story they have to work together and Holling learns many lessons. Some of those lessons are learned through Shakespeare, which Holling has to read because Mrs. Baker makes him. Holling goes through hard times, but he always has people to count on. I give this book a ten out of ten becasue it is a great book for any age. It shows you a glimpse into a kid's mind who is living in the 1960's during the Vietnam war. You see the struggles of the people and also the triumphs. Come take a look at this amazing book.

ThemeThe theme of The Wednesday Wars is that first impressions aren't always right. In the story lots of characters judge someone based on their race or how they act. Consequently, they are rude and unkind to the judged characters. At the end of the book, they all realize that they were wrong about the people they judged. this theme impacts the book becasue if no one had judged eachother, there would be little conflict and the story would be boring.

Plot and ConflictThe song "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd resembles the conflict of when Holling's sister runs away. When in the song it says, "How I wish, how I wish you were here.We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,Running over the same old ground.What have we found?The same old fears.Wish you were here." it shows that Holling is having trouble understanding how his sister could leave him even though they both have to deal with their dad and they both have some of the same problems.

CharacterThis image represents the kids of Mrs.Baker's class because they are under the desk practicing an atomic bomb drill. the girl in the front is scared, just like Meryl Lee, while the boy in the back looks like he thinks it's pointless, just like Holling.

Literary DevicesOne example of imagery in the story is when Holling describes his house. He says,"But if anyone had ever walked in and plinked a key or sniffed the artificial tropical flowers or straightened a tie in the gleaming mirror, they sure would've been impressed with the perfect life of an architect at Hoodhood and Associates." This shows that Holling's house is perfect and that his parents like everything to seem perfect to anyone from the outside.

The Wednesday WarsBy: Gary D. Scmidt

SettingThis video represents the setting because the setting was during the Vietnam war when the people were going through a very hard time. The fact that JFK had been assassinated didn't help make the people feel any happier.

CitationsEllis, Becky. "Cronkite Announces the Death of JFK." Youtube. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 May 2014. . "Pink Floyd Lyrics." AZ Lyrics. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 May 2014. . "Pink Floyd- Wish You Were Here (with lyrics)." YouTube. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 May 2014. . Images all courtesy of Google Images


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