PREFACE. ANGUS BETHUNE. “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” is the one story in this collection that does not include a character from any of my. In “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” and “The Scarlet Ibis,” the conflict of the story shows that people can change considerably as a result of a. And since History tends to draw its parallel upon fictional tales of valor, it is stories such as “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” and “One Friday.

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Angus has, as a joke, been elected as Senior Winter Ball King, and is extremely anxious about having to dance with his long-time crush, Melissa, who is un Senior Winter Ball Queen. Also, story stories have never found a major place lite my heart, thus this one definitely fell short.

The realization is not everyone is a bully. Jan 31,1: Happiness versus Conformity Homosexuality was far more stigmatized when Crutcher first published this short story in than it is now.

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I loved how in the end Melissa saw how people Rick treated Angus and knew it was someone she could truly talk to. I would use this in my classroom to liven up the curriculum. Angus realizes that he is not the only one who suffers from insecurity about himself, and realizes that even people whom the world see as beautiful are not satisfied with themselves.

In the descriptions and different dialogue found in this story, the author creates the idea of the importance of image versus the reality of particular circumstances. He is an obese teenager, he has 2 sets of homosexual parents, he is a great football player, he takes his anger out by physically beating people down, and he is slightly socially awkward.


His biggest fear is not the humiliation ofr the prom but having to dance with a girl that he has been in love with all of his life. The theme is a familiar idea and can be related to people of all ages that have experienced a variety of situations. The story focuses on Angus Bethune, an overweight teenager with two sets of homosexual parents.

Theme of the Short Story ‘A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune’

The night of the ball doesn’t start out very well for Angus, but as the night goes on, events begin to unfold and you realize that tye are not exactly what they seems. The honesty is authentic, and I think that is because of Crutcher being a therapist and knowing how important being honest with oneself is.

The sarcastic descriptions of the various characters make for a very entertaining read. Not only have I not realized this, but I haven’t realized how that can affect a teenager. Reading from angus’ point of view helps the students to really see how thing s can be and how they are in life events.

The sad things was, because of the way everyone had always treated Angus, he could only think of negative things that Melissa could have been saying about having to dance with him. Angus has a very unique life. Rick Sanford taunts Angus over his non-normative traits, including his weight and his parents’ relationships.

Written by Chris Crutcher, this delightfully witty story places the reader inside the generous skin of Angus Bethune, a hilarious hero whose humor enables him to overcome even the most debilitating circumstances. However, I do not think I would teach this short story in my class, becasue I think there are better written short stories out there. The themes of overcoming difficult situations, opening up to outside help, and preventing bullying are all valiant teaching points.


People have learned that picking on him involves a risk–he admits to the reader that he is short-tempered, and has no scruples about punching the lights of anyone who anggus to make fun of him. He must deal with endless bullying. Having the one person to tell problems to and vice versa is a great way to realize that like Angus and Melissa, know matter what we look like or how perfect everyone thinks another person is, we are all ni and all want to be socially excepted.

Bullying is noment another issue that appears in this text. I found it very touching because I really haven’t realized how dysfunctional or different families can be. Elise Wile has been a writer since Accessed 31 December I highly recommend it. Discuss where they originate and how they are perceived by other students. Coming from bethunw dysfunctional family myself, I can relate to some of the feelings he has. I am sure this made Angus have a little more confidence after realizing his dream girl had a problem of her own.