A Boy’s Duty

A Boy’s Duty : by Sharon G. Blake

Zakary James, the main character of “A Boys Duty” ( by Sharon G. Blake) is a  character whose goal solidifies through hardship, which makes him a dynamic character. Zakary was a sixteen year old when he left his father’s farm to pursue his dream of becoming a professional map maker. Unlike other kids his age who leave home, Zakary wasn’t running away, he was running towards his goals. Zakary demonstrates his commitment to his dreams many times in the story. One example is where he is offered money and doesn’t take it because he doesn’t see himself as homeless or a person whom would take a handout (Blake, 127). Zakary is different from his friends because he doesn’t steal, he finds a place to live, and he earns his keep. There is a turning point for Zakary when his friends rob the café Zakary lives in. At first he runs with them to avoid the police, but then realizes this won’t help him achieve his goals. Instead he goes back to the café and takes responsibility for his actions (Blake, 131-132). Zakary chooses hardship to fulfill his dreams, and doesn’t take the easy way out like his friends by stealing because he feels like that’s giving up on his dream. Zakary´s dynamic shift is the process of holding onto his dreams through adversity.

Music Poetry – “Sarah” by Alex G

Sarah is the 15th song on Alex G’s 2012 album Trick. This song seems to be about feeling guilty about an ex. Lyrics like “Every day I’ll make promises that plague Sarah’s heart” and “Did I make a mistake?” make it feel very regretful. That first line feels like an especially regretful reflective statement about the empty promises he wishes he hadn’t made. In the opening verses, he paints a very abstract but evocative picture of Sarah and his memory of her. The metaphors used are very powerful while remaining interesting and fresh from a lyrical perspective, but also in their own context as poetry.

Be Cool for Once

In “Be Cool for Once” the character Shirin is a dynamic character. She starts off not being brave. She likes a guy but she’s never made moves on him. Occasionally she’d ask for a protractor or a sharpie in order to talk to him but she was awkward and still shy about telling him how she felt. She sees him at a concert by artists she enjoys and questions it because he didn’t like those artists. She’s under the impression that he is waiting for a girl. “She didn’t know how to be brave and be herself.” Later on she gets more comfortable and has real conversations with him. According to the text “I can kiss my elbow.” Shirin explains that’s something she can do but Jeffery ended up being the one not being able to. She thought he was perfect but him not being able to do that changed her opinion a little.

Additionally, she had a strong opinion about a movie about car chases but she did end up watching it because he liked it.”Bullshit, asshole. No one likes the tuna here.” She said that to grab his attention while he walked about to let him know she was interested in him, to let herself and him know that now she was brave and an adventurer. He decided to go somewhere hes never been just to see her and spend time with her while listening to her favorite band. “You came to see a band you’ve never heard.” He did this because he liked her and he knew it was her favourite band and that was the time he could be alone with her and cherish this moment. They kissed and held hands to the car they were going to leave in. She goes from being a shy, observer to someone who is adventurous and takes risks. The first time she goes to a concert by herself she gets a boyfriend. When growing up sometimes it’s okay to take risks, hiding in the shadows can cause you to miss out on things that can make you happy.