Tears of a Tiger
By Sharon M. Draper
Summary of the plot
The book, Tears Of A Tiger, by Sharon Draper is about the protagonist Andy, and his internal conflicts with his guilt. Andy caused an accident involving 3 of his close friends, and ended up killing one of them. Andy never forgave himself for this incident, and struggles daily by himself. He visits a psychologist to have someone to speak to and share his thoughts of the situation. As he avoids and turn away from his families and friends to seek help, he becomes lost in thought about the tragic incident.
Relation to the character
“He says, “Life is short, and then you die. And on top of that, life don’t really mean nothin’ anyway.” (Draper, 108)
“As you have shown, color is used all the time to create images in our mind. It’s society that implants positives or negatives onto certain ideas. You have the option to accept, reject, or change the stereotypes that currently exist.” (Draper, 86)
"Do tigers cry? --I drew a picture last week at school, and the teacher wanted to know why I put tears on my tiger." ( Draper, 124-5)
"I'm sorry for all I've done- so sorry,... so very, very sor-" (Draper, 165)
The Main Protagonist: Andy
His Internal Conflict is that he couldn't get over the guilt of the death that he caused. He wished it was him who died instead of Rob.
His External Conflict is the fact that he killed his friend Rob. They were best friends for such a long time so he was shocked with his death.