In the short story ‘On the Sidewalk Bleeding’, the character Andy displays the theme of “how surroundings can influence your choices when growing up” as he is influenced by his upbringing to join a gang called the Royals. At the start of the story Andy reminisces about how he was accepted into the Royals, and that it was the happiest moment of his life. He joins the Royals to feel accepted. His decision was influenced by his upbringing in a ghetto environment, which made him believe it would be cool to join a gang. He also believed it was the right thing to do. Andy gets stabbed in an alley way and the offender yells out “take that Royal”. Andy was recognised as a Royal because he was wearing his purple Royals jumper with pride. As he is bleeding out on the sidewalk he begins to realise that the only reason he was stabbed was because he was a Royal. He thinks to himself “they didn't stab Andy they stabbed a Royal and now Andy is dying”. Andy then uses all of his diminishing energy to take off his purple Royals jumper because he wants nothing to do with it. This is a very unfortunate story. It showed me that the decisions you make when influenced by your surroundings may not always be positive, as it resulted in Andy being stabbed.
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...e has been brought up this way. When Gerry goes away on camp there is some initial conflict. He then begins to change his ways and makes friends with one of his African American teammates, Julies Campbell. Gerry changes his ways and starts to respect people for who they are “when I did know you I was only hating my brother” just like when Andy is bleeding out and he realises that he doesn't want to be in a gang anymore. Both Andy and Gerry’s original ways which were influenced by their surroundings where not right and they both realised this themselves.
When you are growing up your surroundings influence your decisions, whether it be family members or your environment. “On the Sidewalk Bleeding”, “Father and Son”, “The Hunger Games” and “Remember the Titans” showed me how surroundings can influence how you grow up whether it is for better or for worse.
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