I. In the beginning of the book Alfred was already a drop out of high school and working for Jewish people at a grocery store.He faced some problems with Major because he did not want to go rob the grocery store on Friday night.Major and his click beat him up for that. In the middle of the book Alfred becomes a boxer and his Aunt Pearl does not want him to box because it is dangerous.But Aunt Pearl goes and talks to the reverend about Alfred boxing.The reverend says that she should just let him be that he will grow out of this stage he is going through.Another one is when his friend James became a drug addict and comes to him looking for money to buy drugs. I the end of the book Donatelli do not want Alfred to continue boxing.He said that he does not have the guts to knock someone out.But almost everyone wants him to continue boxing because he has talent.On his third and final boxing match he tries to show Mr. Donatelli that he has the skill to become a contender.
II. Alfred was the main character of the book; He went through a lot of stuff throughout the book.His best friend goes to jail and when he gets out he turns into a drug addict.But he is determined to turn him straight.Just like he is determined to be a contender. Mr. Donatelli is a boxing coach that owns his own gym.He is more dedicated to boxing than most people.For instance when Willie Streeter was boxing one time and losing he stopped the match so he would not get hurt.
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III. The book was definitelyfirst person narrator because it was always Alfred this and Alfred that. I don't think one time the narrator said "I."Robert Lipstyle named the book the Contender because Alfred Brooks wanted to be a contender.
IV. I think there is some situational irony when Alfredfirst fought those two boxers. You would think that he would not lose the third match.But in the end he lost really badly to Huddard.I always h…