On The Sidewalk Bleeding Summarizer

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On the Sidewalk, Bleeding- Summarizer Alan Cheng 821

Introduction/Orientation:
The story takes place on a rainy March day at 11:30 P.M . Andy, a 16 year old, cigarette smoker, and a member of the gang “The Royals” was stabbed ten minutes ago just below his ribs by a member of the rival gang, The Guardians. He is slowly bleeding to death on the sidewalk in a quiet alleyway somewhere in New York. As he is slowly dying, he just can not stop thinking about his girlfriend, Laura, whom he will never see again. The setting of the story is very gloomy. Also, it is raining, which, coupled with the alley, makes the story very spooky. In this story, the setting makes a huge difference to the power of the book. The author tries to create a setting as horrific as possible. The rain is the key to the story. One can imagine Andy lying on his side with blood spilling out and it being washed away by the rain, thus creating a murky red puddle. For example, if Andy was lying in a field with the sun shining brightly, the reader might not feel as frightened while reading the story. The gloominess of the setting in the story is connected to the terrible thoughts of dying Andy which had gone through his head as he lay there (pathos and pathetic fallacy) .

Trigger Incident:
Andy gets stabbed by a member of the rival gang, The Guardians. As he is bleeding, he does not know that he is slowly bleeding to death. Andy tries to call for help, but he lost his voice. There was only the bubbling of blood in his mouth when he tried to speak.

Rising Action:
As Andy is slowly dying, he wonder if Laura would be angry. He just couldn't stop thinking about Laura and his future plans with her, but he is interrupted by a drunk old man. Andy desperately tries to communicate with him but he can't speak. Person vs. self is evident in the rising action. This conflict can be seen on several occasions in the story. In the middle...