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Bridge to Terabithia

Children's Literature/ ENG 230-80
All children can relate in someway to Katherine Patterson's Newberry Medal-winning children's novel, Bridge to Terabithia.The characters are realistic people who could be one's next door neighbors.From the shy and demure Jess to the vivacious and carefree Leslie, every kid can relate to one of the characters in this novel.The themes in this novel vary as much as the characters.Bridge to Terabithia is a good coming-of-age book that captures our imaginations and our hearts.
Bridge to Terabithia is a story about a lonely boy, Jess Aarons, who grows up in a house where he is the only boy surrounded by four sisters and his mother.His father is there but always gone either working or looking for work.His greatest hope is to become the fastest runner in the fifth grade.All summer long he practices running but on thefirst day of school, he gets beat by the new girl, Leslie Burke.Atfirst, she repels him.However, they soon become inseparable.Leslie and Jess are complete opposites.Jess is scared of a lot but Leslie is fearless.Leslie has imagination and inspiration and Jess envies that. Leslie's family has money and gets along.Jess' family is always scraping by and nearly dysfunctional.But nonetheless, they become best friends.In the woods, they create Terabithia, their own secret kingdom where they rule together.Leslie and Terabithia change Jess.He becomes a stronger person, less afraid of the world.But one cruel morning, t!
ragedy strikes and Leslie dies.Jess must come to grips with her death and the world. Except now he has to do it alone.
Symbolism is a literary element that stands out most in this novel.Patterson uses symbolism so well in this story.The title itself symbolizes Leslie. In chapter seven, Jess' thoughts bring this symbol to light.


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