Please Stop Laughing At Me
One Woman's Inspirational Story
Jodee Blanco, author and protagonist, wanted nothing more than to fit in when she was in elementary school. People, even her friends start making fun of her. Her parents try to help by switching schools, but nothing changed. As she got into high school at a new school, things begin to calm down, and she started feeling fine until other students didn’t like what she was doing and made her an outcast. Jodee’s classmates either ignored her or bullied her. Once Jodee makes new friends, she believes things are getting better, as the bullying barely exists now. Her last memory at the high school took place on her last day of senior year, as people went around signing yearbooks. She asked her crush to signed it, but when she looked at his words, she saw that he wrote something awful. She ran out in tears without looking back at the school that once promised her so much. After twenty years pass, Jodee is invited to her High School reunion. She decides to go, but when she gets there she can’t get out of the car. She finally goes inside and everyone greets her with warm welcomes and conversations. She had a great time, and could finally forgive them and herself. "Often, the opponent isn’t another fighter, but my own self-doubt" (212).
Character vs. Self
Character vs. Society
"When you’re a victim of any kind of abuse, you can do one of two things. You can learn how to turn your pain into purpose and make a difference in the world, or you can allow it to extinguish the light inside you" (p. 213).
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