Judas Child by Carol O´Connell Book Review
Have you ever loved someone? Did you try to impress them or please them? In the excerpt Judas Child by Carol O´Connell, the theme is Persevering (escape, survival, risk taking, rebellion, overcoming failure) with Compassion (giving justice, sacrifice, ending suffering, selflessness). The author uses suspense to develop the theme. The author uses suspense, the empathy of the reader, the attention to the reader, the imminent danger, and the increasing tension to develop the theme. With suspense, it creates reader sympathy by giving the character a desire, wound or internal struggle that readers can identify with. The more they empathize, the closer their connection with the story will be.
The author uses compassion to develop the theme. For example, ¨ look directly at him... wicked grin... The boy's front wheel wobbled... the child resigned himself to the short flight over the handlebars¨. This is an example of compassion because he sacrifices getting hurt just to see Sadie laugh. Also, ¨ it was Sadie---baiting him. If she was carrying a spare set of pig’s intestines from the biology lab, she would not want to waste them¨. David sacrifices fear so she can do her prank to make her happy. Lastly, ¨ then Sadie must be in fresh trouble¨. Instead of worrying about himself he worried about her and wanted to know if she was okay. However, the author also uses an example of perseverance. For example, ¨He got off his bike and wheeled it through the tight brace of evergreens¨. This shows how he took the risk of getting hurt in order for her to finish her prank.
The story outlines the theme persevering with compassion by its dialogue and internal character thoughts.