I like how the author Tim Green highlights how Harrison cant accept the fact that know he has a family that cares about. Because in the past he always had families that were mean and cruel to him and those expriences has shaped him to the person he is today.(88)
" the heat from the sun, the lawn work, and the fresh fish jennifer cooked on the deck grill that evening left him more exhausted snd hsppier then he had ever imagined." i think it cool how the little things in this can make Harrison feel so happy.(132)
" red mist clouded Harrisons eyes throughout practice. on offense he blasted his teammates with lowered shoulder pads and pumping knees"(149). I like how Tim Green emphasizes that on the football field Harrison chanels all of the terrible things that has happened in his life and take that out on whoever is on the field. teammate or not if you are in his way he will clobber you.
I like how the author Tim Green keeps on going back and forth between and compares the affect that Harrison has had on both families. "Hiding his true emotions reminded him for the first time in many weeks of his life with the constables"(188).
"You know why humans rule the earth? because we are adaptable, we can adapt to almost anything. that's why we thrive that's why we survive"(221). I think that The Major is trying to say that even though him and Harrison has prosthetic legs that does not mean that they cant do everyday things. maybe even if they keep working at it Harrison might be able to play football again.
"Everyone wants you to get better Harrison. That is whats most important.Football is long away, we just want you to get better. But I can do it Harrison said". I've noticed how throughout these last few chapters Tim Green has highlighted how Harrison determined to be back playing football by next fall.(244)
" I act funny sometimes he said i think its because I am not used to having people around like you coach and major". I think that it is very fascinating how Tim Green keeps on going back and fourth between Harrison past and how Harrison is today.(258)
" hey Leo said. Its Harry Johnson the cripple the crip.This highlights that Jennifer was wrong to try and keep Harrison home.Because this horrible and cruel experience that Harrison went through, may motivate him to become stronger.(276)
" And I can play football with this? Harrison asked. If you can play, it'll be with that the major said yes". I think that it is great that finally after all the things that Harrison has gone through the past few months, and for the major to say yes that if he keeps working at it he will be able to play football in the fall.(289)
"When you play your first game. would you write my name on your shoes?". This highlights how through all that has happened to Harrison he still has one friend who can actually feel what Harrison is going through and that is Marty. so I think that Harrison's first game back he will fulfill his promise to Marty without second guessing it.(293).
Theories and Conclusions - Unstoppable by Tim Green
Harrison Johnson, the protagonist in Unstoppable by Tim Green, channels his own negative life experiences into the way he plays on the field. Harrison was a foster child. All he wanted to do was play football. His foster parents, the Constables, did not allow him to. Instead, they made him do terrible chores and they treated him like a slave. Finally, when he was with his fifth foster family, they let him play football.
I think that the way the Constables treated Harrison, was the main reason why he played with such aggression. For about a year, Harrison had so much hate and so much rage boiled up inside, that when he got on the football field he just let it all loose.”Red mist clouded Harrison’s eyes throughout practice. On offense he blasted his teammates with lowering shoulder pads and pumping knees.”(149). This shows how Harrison uses all the of his terrible life experiences and uses it as fuel for playing football with intensity and power.
His anger and rage could have also made him be committed to play football, after he had bone cancer and his leg was surgically removed. He was told by many people that he would never play football again. But he used all the doubts and all the mean things that people said about him and he overcame all the odds. One example of people being mean to him was when he went to the movies for first time after his surgery and he saw the school bullies. “Hey Leo said. Its Harry Johnson the cripple the crip”(276). This experience could of been one of the reasons why Harrison was so motivated and determined to be back on the field, because he would remember that bad thing that happened to him and he would take his anger out on the football field. Also, when Harrison got back on the field after his surgery he was on the kickoff and when he got the ball on the first play he ran for a touchdown. I think that when this happened he was letting go of all the mean things people said to him and all the bad things that happened to him in his last families and just ran and didn’t stop until he hit the end zone.
And in conclusion Tim Green uses all of the bad life experience like Harrison’s foster family the Constables and how they treated him like a slave. And the bullies that called him terrible things like crip. And all the doubts in him, and all of the people that said he would never play football again. And prove those people wrong. Also have Harrison get back on the field as if he play like he never had his injury. And be unstoppable.
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