A day no pigs would die by Robert Newton Peck - literary analysis

Essay by fracktardJunior High, 9th gradeA+, May 2004

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William Somerset Maugham stated that "when I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has meaning for me, and it becomes part of me." This quote may be used to depict the feelings receive from the novel A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck. This work of fiction may be verified as a short book, however, through the reading, comprehending and understanding of this book, one may find that this book "will leave you better than it found you," as it is proclaimed by the Book-of-the-Month Club News. The book incorporated meanings which is inevitably found in life, the phrases which are acted out by characters in the novel impacts the reader minds and has the ability to teach the readers ideas which revolved around the ideas of maturity, acceptance of life's changes and the importance of making one's own decision.

The author imprinted the idea of maturity from a child to an adult which is an important stage in everybody's life, through the use of a character named Robert Peck in the novel, A Day No Pigs Would Die. Through the story, Robert was faced with many tough situations which strengthened him in personality and in character. Through all of the situations which Robert faced, he was finally able to assemble all the unpleasant occurrences and accept them, thus transformed him from a boy to a man. At the beginning of the novel, Robert was a regular twelve year old boy who did chores, went to school and lived under his parents' roof. When working in the fields with his father, Robert demonstrated how he still had much to learn through consistent questions for his...