Wolf on the Fold Essay

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This is an essay about a book called Wolf on the Fold. It has several short stories which are all related to each other. I hope you will be able to develop a slight understanding of the book, from reading this. I really hope that you will write some comments which can help me improve this analytical essay, because i need to write another one in a few weeks for exams. I'd really appreciate it!! Happy Reading!

Submitted: May 23, 2008

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“The book, “Wolf on the Fold” explores many themes and ideas, but central to all the stories is that the essential part of meeting the challenges and responsibilities that come with opportunities such as growth, change, duty etc is the necessity of facing many different dangers, that often present themselves in disguise.”
 
Everyday, we are faced with new responsibilities and challenges, some of which come with opportunities. These new challenges can help overcome different dangers. In the book, “Wolf on the Fold”, there are many responsibilities and challenges faced by many characters. Vonny Cooney faces the responsibility of earning money for her family, Kenny faces the challenge of finding a job and Kanti moves to a somewhat racist community, and James experiences the beginnings of his parents divorcing. These responsibilities and challenges will help to overcome many different dangers like becoming homeless, facing harsh racism like getting executed or experiencing a divorce.
 
Racism happens all around the world. It is one of those hardships that we have to face in our lives. For most, racism will affect us in one way or another. From the story, Dhilkusha, Kenny says, “All blood is the same.” This quote states that we all are in fact equal, as Mrs Twoomey had said that Kanti’s blood was hooter because he had eaten so many spicy foods. Raj, Kanti’s brother had also experienced much racism from his classmates and Mrs Hopkins. They wouldn’t believe that Raj used to live in a grand house called Dhilkusha, back in Kampala, because they were disadvantaged now and had to live above their milk bar during the time being. Although they had overcome a huge obstacle in their lives by moving to a country far away, they still had to overcome another obstacle in their lives, racism. Racism had helped Kanti’s family and had made them stronger in character.
 
Being disadvantaged could very much also affect your life in one way or another. Living in a less prosperous home would mean that you might not have the essentials such as food, water or smaller things like not having clothes or no school supplies. Vonny Cooney was in this position, yet she had another problem added to her countless problems, which was the fact that she couldn’t read. She was in the position where she had to find a job, so that her family would be benefited financially. When Jeannie asked, in a Mrs Blacklock’s threatening growl, “What’s that word, Vonny Cooney?” Vonny Cooney was startled and immediately she was scared as she started to sense danger. This quote shows that Vonny Cooney really needed this job for the wellbeing of her family, and it would really affect her life if she was to be fired. Kenny Sinclair was also required to find a job so that they could survive. Kenny’s dad had just recently died, and so Kenny was required to find a job because he was the oldest. The Sinclairs had always been poor, and scraped along as best as they could, but now they were poorer. Kenny had to find a job so that his family could survive, especially through the Great Depression. Being disadvantaged would affect your life but would also come with new opportunities, such as duty, because you would know that you are doing something to overcome the fact that you are disadvantaged.
 
Some of us may have been unfortunate enough to witness or experience a divorce. A divorce can affect our lives in many ways. You will need to live with only one parent, you will probably be mentally worse off and there will also be many other challenges to overcome. In the story, Chocolate Icing, James’ parents are always arguing and fighting. James called this “the noise”, and it was with this noise that Davie began disliking chocolate icing. When Davie says, “I don’t want anymore,” this shows that the arguing of his parents did have an impact on him, and the family slowly fading apart. Experiencing a divorce can really affect your life, and it will help you to become stronger in person.
 
From the book, “Wolf on the Fold” many of the characters all face different challenges. Kanti faces the challenge of moving to a somewhat racist community, where he learns how to deal with racism. Vonny Cooney and Kenny both find a job so that they can support the family. They both learn about duty and responsibility which will help them overcome dangers of losing their home or becoming even poorer. James faces the hardship of his parents divorcing and the chocolate icing symbolizes this. These challenges and responsibilities will help to overcome many different dangers.


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