"Forbidden Love"


"Tell the Wolves I'm Home"

Carol Rifka Brunt

pg. 341 - "He looked away." "Because maybe I don't want to leave the planet invisible. Maybe I need at least one person to remember something about me..."

I choose this quote thinking prejudice can be overcome when you have someone who believes they can make a change and have them remembered in the world and not judge them because they have AIDS or their homosexual.

pg. 327 - "Maybe all I wanted was for Toby to hear the wolves that lived in the dark forest of my heart. And maybe that's what it meant. Tell the Wolves I'm Home."

I think this quote means June wants her feelings to be heard from Toby and she can be comfortable with them without any regrets. I choose this quote when i thought prejudice can be overcome with love, passion and a desire.

pg. 332 - ""How can say this isn't my fault?" I asked in a whisper. "How can you keep being so nice to me when I'm...I'm just not a good person. Can't you see that?""

I believe this quote means anyone can be forgiving and that they want to change how they thought of them before. This can be a great impact to overcoming prejudice. Just like my book.

pg. 342 - "That's what it felt like. Like we were two people who'd known each other forever. People who could tell each other anything or just sit there saying nothing at all."

People who don't care what others say or think about themselves are strong and can go a long way when trying to fit in or making a change in the world to discrimination.

pg. 349 - "I want to believe that's what I heard. I needed to know that my mother understood that her hand was in this too. That all the jealousy and envy and shame we carried was our own kind of sickness. As much a disease as Toby and Finn's AIDS."

I choose this quote thinking prejudice can be overcome when people who have an illness or disease can fit in when people who carry foolish behaviour like a different kind of sickness are no better. We all have our problems and their problems can be better than ours sometimes. This could be a step to no more prejudging until we have a conversation with the person.

Supporting Evidence


Hard Love

"I remember growing up like it was only yesterday, Mom and Daddy tried their best to guide me on my way. But the hard times and the liquor drove the easy love away, and the only love I knew about was hard love.

It was hard love, every hour of the day, when Christmas to my birthday was a million years away, and the fear that came between them drove the tears into my play, there was love in Daddy's house, but it was hard love.

And I recall the gentle courtesy you gave me as I tried to dissemble in politeness all the love I felt inside, and for every song of laughter was another song that cried, this ain't no easy weekend, this is hard love.

It was hard love, every step of the way, hard to be so close to you, so hard to turn away, and when all the stars and sentimental songs dissolved today, there was nothing left to sing about but hard love.

So I loved you for your courage and your gentle sense of same, and I loved you for your laughter and your language and your name, and I knew it was impossible, but I loved you just the same, though the only love I gave you was hard love.

It was hard love, it was hard on you I know, when the only love I gave you was love I couldn't show, you forgave the heart that loved you as your lover turned to go, leaving nothing but the memory of hard love.

So I'm standing in this phone booth with a dollar and a dime, wondering what to say to you to ease your troubled mind, for the lord's cross might redeem us, but your own just wastes our time, and to tell the two apart is always hard, love.

So I'll tell you that I love you even though I'm far away, and I'll tell you how you change me as I live from day to day, how you help me to accept myself and I won't forget to say, love is never wasted, even when it's hard love.

Yes, it's hard love, but it's love all the same, not the stuff of fantasy, but more than just a game, and the only kind of miracle that's worthy of the name, for the love that heals our lives is mostly hard love."

~ Bob Franke

From the book "Hard Love"

I like this song because it relates to "Tell the Wolves I'm Home". It shows alot of emotion and truth. My literature circle book has alot about the love it shares but no one's accepting it because they think it's wrong. Which can be hard and difficult in this song too. It shows forgiveness and finally accepting their culture in the end. I think they both show the same values in love and how they are confident in their lifestyles.


Forbidden Love

To be forbidden from someone.

No not just someone. Your one true love

You can't have them

You can't want them

Not allowed or disapproved.

I think this definition relates to the book because it's about wrong and forbidden love where everyone judges them on their lifestyle and who they choose to spend it with. I think it is a very meanful word in the book.

News Article


"Worldwide there are still more than 1.5 million deaths from Aids every year and about 2.3 million new infections. About half of those do not know they are infected. In other words, around 18 million live in ignorance of their condition. That is potentially disastrous for them, for the longer treatment is delayed the worse the prospects for a successful outcome. What it also spells out is a massive global public health problem..."

This Article relates to my book because it has alot about AIDS and how it is a problem for our health if we choice to ignore it. It can aware us of dangers and causes. I think they are right about the prejudice toward AIDS. I think we could learn alot from this article.

News Article


"A new study found that homosexual men and woman don't believe bisexuality is a real orientation. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh found that 15 percent of the adult population they surveyed had serious doubts about bisexuality being a "legitimate sexual orientation," an attitude that can encourage negative health outcomes in people who identify as bisexual.

"Bisexual men and women face prejudice, stigma and discrimination from both heterosexual and homosexual people," Dr. Mackey Friedman, researcher and director of Project Silk, an HIV prevention initiative, said in a statement."

This Article has to do alot with my book. The characters suffer from discrimination towards homosexuals. June found out her uncle was in love with her and Toby at the same time. Which involves the bisexuals being who they are about how they feel and people are disapproving their values.


"Love is for all"

"There is no greater sight in this world

Than the love between two people

Any two people

Love is free, love is true

Love knows no boundaries

And so should you

Queer, odd, abnormal you say

But to them its true love in each and every way

Their singularity in contrast to this vast uncertainty

Their love against the rules of society

It is who they are inside that is being stifled

Our ugly words and mocking faces that make them feel belittled

Like the calm before a storm

We hunt them in a swarm

Like an eagle in the dawning skies

We prey them with our menacing eyes

No amount of tears or pain or sorrow we face

Can compare to the agony they feel to the trace

Every night and day every waking minute

Sinking slowly with a heavy spirit

Who are we to deprive them of the glee

The glee that love makes our hearts dance in quiet revelry

They are no less human than we are

For their hearts yearn for the same love and acceptance that we so hold bar

The day a man can love a man with no shame

And a woman can tell another the same

The world will regain its humanity

And love will flow abundantly

Like dew from a leaf

It seeps from our veins

It is in our hearts that it holds reign

Love is the greatest gift a man can receive

It’s the one sensation that makes us believe

So let us accept them for who they are
And our humanity will reach heights so far"

~ Shaleni Paneerselvam

I think this poem is very moving and can inspire people to do the right thing. It relates to the book by the words it uses. Like Finn, Toby and June can't help how they feel even if it could be the worst person you could love. It still is a passion and affection that can't be denied. Sexuality does not determine equality. Love is for all.

To what extent can prejudice be overcome?

From the book I read "Tell the Wolves I'm Home" I can come to a conclusion that prejudice can definitely be overcome. There was a lot of being themselves when it came to the book like being passionate and loving which June felt for Finn and Toby. She didn't care about the world judging her. I think her feelings took over from that moment forward when June met Toby for the first time. I think society can rethink their ways of discrimination when it comes to someone changing their way of mind by having no regrets and forgiving those who had judged homosexuals and gays before. When you have someone so kind, smiling all the time because their happy even though they have AIDS or a disability . Their problems do not affect others because their perfect in their own eyes. Prejudice can impact many people because they are different and feel unwanted. But it is not as powerful as forbidden love which June suffers because she is not suppose to fall in love with her uncle but feelings express themselves and they can’t be tuned out. It is more powerful than words can express and with a little bit of love. Prejudice toward homosexuals and gays could end it. Stop the discrimination.

By: Jessica Schultz