Because we have now covered this in class, you will need to properly integrate your citations (with a proper sentence before it) in order to earn a plus.Here’s a doc explaining how to integrate citations: Integrating quotes, useful templates, transitions.This is in addition to the regular Plus / Check / Minus criteria for Reading Responses. Prompt: Give a freeform 200-word reaction to one of the following things so far in the novel.Please post your response as a reply below this post. Write your impressions, your thoughts, questions, reflections, etc.
We wanted to give each other strategies to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. Monsters shape the world.” ― Dear (Possible Future) MONSTER ACADEMY students, For a long time, we felt like monsters. When you feel helpless, like you might collapse underneath the weight of the secret of your monstrosity. When you feel hideous and slimy and out of control, like you might hurt someone, or maybe yourself, and you don’t know how to stop it.It is in this way that Oscar seems to serve as someone other people can “hate on” in order to make themselves feel better about their own insecurities.Neither Al or Miggs are considered “cool,” but when they compare themselves to Oscar, they feel as though they are a peg above him and their own self-worth is heightened. We created MONSTER ACADEMY so that youth would have a place to share ideas and skills about mental health and illness. How teachers were always telling us not to drink or do drugs, but not what to do when you or someone you love can’t stop., Oscar’s character seems to serve as a personification of other people’s insecurities and as a reflection of the insecurities inspired by the workings of society.He is someone who is constantly rejected and who seems to be unable to find a place to “fit in.” Even his “friends,” Al and Miggs, put him down and treat him with a tone of inferiority, such as when they both find girlfriends and don’t even think of trying to help Oscar find one, simply assuming that no girl would want to be with him.It is strange that Oscar should be so harshly judged simply for being different and that people should try so very hard to make him fit into the strict template society creates for people.Oscar is never fully accepted, however; he is constantly told to change himself, such as when his mother tells him not to write, but to go outside and join the world and his sister tells him to lose weight.