By Walter Dean Myers
"My father used to call all soldiers angel warriors," he said. "Because usually they get boys to fight wars. Most of you aren't old enough to vote yet." (Myers 25)
What would you do to get out of a Harsh environment? Go into another?
By joining the army Richie Perry accomplished his goal, which was getting away from the world or earning money for Kenny. He has not found out which one was his motivation. As he was learning to be a soldier he was always thinking about Kenny, his younger brother,. He was noticing that blacks were not treated the same as the whites. After facing many deaths of his close friends and Peewees injury, his medical profile finally gets processed. They are flying back on the same plane with the new recruits staring into the eyes that have been through harsh and dangerous missions.
Character to Author
When Myers reached high school, he knew he had intellectual potential, but also knew that his family was too poor to send him to college. Discouraged, he dropped out of school at age fifteen, and though he was persuaded to return, he dropped out again at sixteen. In 1954, on his seventeenth birthday, he joined the army.
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