Summary: The film “Bully” by Lee Hirsch leaks the raw horror behind the victims of bullying. It follows the lives of a handful of bully victims, all of whom have remarkable stories of triumph and torment. To further move the reader, the film also covers the tragic suicides some teens committed after relentless harassment.
- Make an argument
- Take a position
- Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays), because ___________ and ______________
Bully by Lee Hirsch correctly portrays the detrimental effects of bullying, because of it’s heart wrenching inside stories of bully victims, and the lackadaisical approach taken to end it .
- Claim 1:
- Set-up: When Alex’s parents finally started to see what was truly happening to their son at school, they were appalled.
- what is happening in the story
- Evidence: Lead-in: They went to Alex and tried to comprehend how he didn't feel hurt by this and all he could say was “ quotation” ( “I’m starting to think I don't feel anything anymore,” (Hirsch).
- Explanation of quotation to prove claim: Alex’s parents quickly went to the school's principal and tried to put an end to the cruel bullying. But the principle did not apply enough emphasis to fix the issue and Alex's affliction persisted on a daily basis. This demonstrates just how inadequate the approaches to terminate bullying actually are.
- Counterclaim 1: However, at times the adults involved tried their hardest to end the torment.
- Set-up: A boy named Tyler committed suicide when he was just 17. His parents set up a meeting at the town hall to inform other parents, students, teachers, and families of the effects of bullying. They wanted to make a change.
- Evidence: Lead-in: Tyler's dad recounted their story to the gathering of people, “ quotation” ( “ I will go to my grave until a difference is made,” (Hirsch) )
- Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim: This demonstrates how much people do care about the issue and how important it is for them to put a stop to bullying.
- What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument?: A common view is that the bullying in these stories is acknowledged and that the adults do try their hardest to put a stop to it. However, the issue is that students are still getting hurt. They are still feeling the immense pain caused by their peers. This just goes the show that adults are not really putting an end to bullying, or helping it at in any way at all.
- Concluding sentence: restate main idea: Hirsh illustrates how proper action must be taken to end bullying, and as of now, little to no action is being taken at all.