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Prejudice and anger are key conflicts in the book Ironman. These conflicts are internal and external. Some external conflicts are Bo and his father. Another external conflict is Bo and Ian Wyrack. One internal conflict is Bo's anger and prejudice. Bo's anger is prominent in the beginning of the book. "Does your wife call you an asshole" (pg.10). That quote shows his anger towards Mr. Redmond and it also a little bit of Bo's attitude. A good example of Bo being prejudice is when he was talking to Larry King in his journal. He said "Mr. Nak and his Murderous thugs" (pg.24). Later on Bo becomes friends with the anger management group. Bo was being bias. One of the external conflicts in this story is Bo and his relationship with his dad. Bo and his father relationship start off bad when Bo slammed the door when he was a kid. "On the tenth time, I swung the door as wide as a crocodiles mouth and slammed it as hard as I could" (pg. 28). As Bo grew older and graduated high school he wanted to seek help for him and his dad. Bo's dad was being cruel to Bo when his dad left him in his room during Christmas because of what Bo did with the door. The other external conflict was Bo's relationship with Wyrack. Ian Wyrack is mad at Bo because Bo was beating him in swim practice. That ticked off Ian so much that he actually physically harmed Bo. "See this hand" He slaps him "this hand have better touch that wall before yours does."(pg.57). Ian Wyrack has some issues he needs to deal with. Bo definitely needs to stay away from Ian before the race. Overall conflict of anger and prejudice causes relationships to unravel.
Conflict exemplifies how anger and prejudice is bad for a relationship. The relationships shown were in first and third person point of view. Chris Crutcher used first person point of view so that the reader could get an in depth look of anger and prejudice in the relationship.
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In point if view we were introduced to the characters and there different characteristics. The book shared many issues that characterized the characters, but Bo's father and himself were most commonly characterized by anger and prejudice. Bo and Ian Wyrack have a little talk before swim practice. Bo tried to walk away but Ian grabs him. Bo's anger was " ..Boiling like lava."(pg.57).That quote best describes Bo's fury before Ian hits him. Bo's attitude characterized him very well at the beginning of the book when he calls Mr. Redmond an "asshole" (pg.10). His anger towards Mr. Redmond rubs off and is released by his training. One can see that Bo's anger comes from his dad too. In his fathers eyes Bo is a snot nose troublemaker that can't do anything right. For example Bo gives away a hundred dollars to a homeless person. Bo's father thinks that he doesn't now the meaning of a dollar. " You have got to know the value of a dollar . What about the value of pain I'll teach you that too you will earn two hundred dollars know."(pg.70). It seems that Bo can't to anything right. His dad seems to be over bearing and it is either his way or the highway. That quote characterizes him as a jerk.
In conclusion anger and prejudice are not healthy for a relationship and it is proved by these three topics. First and third person point of view, show the internal and external conflicts of anger and prejudice. The internal and external conflicts show how the characters act with there issues of anger and prejudice in there every day relationships within there daily lives. The battle of internal and external conflicts, are a prime example of how a young adults characters can either be build or destroyed. This is a reflection of how they deal with anger and prejudice in there lives. Anger not dealt with in an every day teenager's life can be troublesome and lead to the violence we see today in our society. Corruption on the other hand, can lead to not just violence but destruction of all relationships weather it be family, friends or, society in itself. As we saw in Ironman, Bo and his father were always angry at each other, and that intern created conflict and corruption in there relationship with one another. This is a crucial example as to why teenagers and even adults need to learn how to deal with anger day after day. They need to learn how to solve an issue before it turns into hurt feelings or worse a broken relationship. So it goes, the question needs to be asked, Teenagers in our society today have no idea how express there anger , but through prejudice actions and thoughts, how can anger ever be resolved , and prejudice be an ugly thing of the past. Take a look at the words that are being spoken and the actions that are being committed and see if this is how our society should be seen by the upcoming generation.