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The Brave Essay, Research Paper The Brave by Robert Lipsyte Javier G?mez Mata October 23th 1997 English first period The Brave Sonny Bear is a bored indian living in a reservation, having his Uncle Jake living in the past. He leaves to New York to find his mother in Soho. He is attracted by Doll and Stick to deliver dope for a coverup of a major shipment. Sargeant Brooks finds his boxing talents in his arrest, then Brooks helps him out of jail to train him for the Amateur Championship. During his way to the top, Brooks was shot by Stick, who also told the Amateur Boxing that Sonny Bear had recieved money for fights, becoming a pro. Sonny goes for Stick in The Deuce and takes him to the authorities. Finally, he climbs his way through boxing as a pro. ?I don?t know what makes

me crazier, a piece of garbage like Stick or a kid like you who could be somebody if he tried. You ever stay with anything long enough to find out if you could do it.? What Brooks is saying here is a universal truth. How are you going to know what you are good at, if you don?t try it. Not to waste your life on vain actions, but to find the unique gift God gave you and then develop it. Altough the main character is Sonny Bear, Sargeant Alfred Brooks makes him see the light of this truth and helps him find his way, or as Jake called it, to be a Running Brave. The internal conflict of the never ending struggle between good and bad is depicting in an internal conflict. Do I make the right decision that is going to help my life mentally, morally and phyisically or do I just go along

life like a mule. ?Mules?, said Brooks.?The street word for delivery boys like you. Mule is a cross between a horse and a jackass. No brains, no future. Good for nothing but to carry? What the author is saying between words, is that if you fail to make the right choice at first you have to first of all realise you have made a mistake and then never make the same mistake again because it may cost you very much for the rest of your life. Having problems with your identity can be very desmoralising. It is a basic of life. If you don?t remember where you came from you surely don?t know where you are headed. At first, when Sonny Brave was just a half white, half indian, he was very pig headed and confused of what was going to happen to him, of where he was headed. No goals, no dreams,

nothing to live for, he just felt like part of a minority group which instead of giving him pride, gave him sorrow. When he finally triunfed after all that working in Donatelli?s Gym, he realised the importance of his roots, both of them and found an inner harmony that made him a Running Brave and a white warrior. Robert Lipsyte?s style is really quite simple. He gets as much background information as he can get and then puts his research on paper to create fantastic novels. From another book review that I did, I noted this incredible writing ability to describe everything from the character?s point of view. The book The Contender is about Alfred Brooks, an AfroAmerican that would like to really find out what he is good for so he goes to Donatelli?s Gym to stay out of drugs. In

The Brave he is now a Sargeant fighting against drugs. There are many similarities in the two books, one of them is that both main characters are from minority groups that are trying to make it in the white world, staying away from drugs and finding a refugee in boxing. As I have discussed earlier, the theme of this novel is not only to know the right way, but to follow it. The way Mr. Lipsyte puts it, is that no matter if you failed to follow the path you know it is right; without taking in recognition your race, color, or religion, you can retake command of the ship and take it where it is most appropriate so that you may reach your goal. The one goal we must achieve is taking into consideration that all men and women are different, with different talents and different goals,