3R essay

Essay by sadiiebugJunior High, 9th gradeA, November 2014

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Sadie Hall

Mrs. Pantusa



Beautiful People

In the story "Long Long After School" the author Ernest Buckler portrays a 1960's protagonist, Wes Holman, who is affected by the death of his friend and third grade teacher, Miss Tretheway. The two of them had a connection, which was inner-beauty. Both were considered outsiders. Wes and Miss Tretheway thought each other as beautiful despite society's opinion. Even though the narrator respected Miss Tretheway, he did not think of her as beautiful. Wes explains to the narrator the deeds their teacher did for him. Miss Tretheway stood up for Wes, saved his life, and got him out of trouble (Buckler). Over these incidences, Wes and Miss Tretheway bonded. After hearing Wes' perspective, the narrator realizes that he did wrong by Wes by teasing, judging and discriminating him. To conclude, the narrator now somewhat knew what Wes had been through and changed his judgment to understanding.


In reading the story "Long Long After School" (Buckler), it reminded me of the tale of "The Ugly Duckling" by Hans Christian Anderson. I remember when the ugly duckling's siblings and friends did not play with him because he was different. Until one day, the ugly duckling ran away and found friends, but was not completely happy (Anderson). It makes me think of when the other kids did not play with Wes because he was different. When Wes and Miss Tretheway bonded, he was happier (Buckler).

The difference between these two stories is that when the ugly duckling grew up, he became beautiful and accepted as an elegant swan (Anderson). During the time period in which Wes grew up, it would be difficult because he is a man of colour. Wes works as a cemetery worker, which is not a very well respected job. He...