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Essays On Antaeus By Borden Deal

Essay on Borden Deal's Antaeus

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In the story "Antaeus," by Borden Deal, the main character T.J has three capabilities that make him different from his friends. First of all, T.J. is a very intelligent boy. His new city companions did not maintain the wisdom T.J. has about the world and how to deal with people around. T. J. is also a receptive boy, a soft-spoken person who feels an attachment to the land. Finally, T.J. is a tenacious boy who sticks to his plans once he starts it and who would reject to the idea about destroying what he has created.

From T.J.’s own words and actions and through the narrator’s observation, the reader learns that T.J. is smart and unique. It was T.J.’s idea to build a roof garden, and he figures out how to build it. He knew how…show more content…

Sensitively is what also makes T.J. unique among the others. The building owners told him that they were going to have the garden removed from the roof. T.J. could not stand that a stranger was going to tear down what they had worked on exhaustingly for weeks. He decided to let out his anger on destroying the garden himself. After the garden was destroyed, he wanted to go back home where he once lived. The reason he wanted to build a garden was to bring back the country feeling to the city. He did not want to give up his country life. He has an olfactory sense of spring. He can sense spring coming by the smell of the air.

T.J. was very determine to finish the garden. He worked harder than the others did. The narrator says, “…T.J. kept plugging alone on his own…” He really wanted to finish the garden. After the garden had been destroyed, his desire was to get back to the country where he came from, and build a whole new life there. Growing crops was his life. He lives on it. He wasp determined to bring back the country feeling to the city. If he could not have that, he would go back to the country.

In conclusion, the character T.J. plainly displays several qualities that set him apart from his companions. His exceptional knowledge of the world and of how to relate to people is indisputable in his capability to plan and devise the roof garden and stipulate with the other boys on the preferred crops. Correspondingly, he acts with a quick wit when

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Antaeus is a 1962 short story by Borden Deal. It is named after the mythological figure Antaeus, a giant who was unconquerable as long as he touched the ground.

This story has appeared in many American and British school textbooks. It is an archetypal tale of rural ways clashing with urban lifestyles.

The story is about a boy named T.J. from Marion County, Alabama who moves to a city in the North. He organizes an effort by a gang of kids to grow a garden at the gang’s hideout, on top of a factory building. T.J. is a southern boy who has moved to a big city. He is lost until he finds a way to bring himself back home, by building a garden. His mother had needed more money to provide for her children. There has been no father mentioned.

After a lot of painstaking work, the kids are finally successful in cultivating grass, but are discovered on the rooftop by three strangers, including the building’s owner. The owner orders the garden to be shoveled off by one of the other strangers by the next day. Not wanting this to happen, T.J. destroys the garden himself, throwing the dirt and grass off the roof. He didn't want anyone to touch the garden, so ironically to protect it, he destroyed it.

After this sudden action T.J. leaves, and is not found for another two weeks. When the police do find him he is walking on the railroad tracks, on a walk home.

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The story is about a boy named T.J. from Marion County, Alabama who moves to a city in the North. He organizes an effort by a gang of kids to grow a garden at the gang’s hideout, on top of a factory building.

After a lot of painstaking work, the kids are finally successful in cultivating grass, but are discovered on the rooftop by three strangers, including the building’s owner. The owner orders the garden to be shoveled off by one of the other strangers by the next day. Not wanting this to happen, T.J. destroys the garden himself, throwing the dirt and grass off the roof. He didn't want anyone to touch the garden, so ironically to protect it, he destroyed it.

After this sudden action T.J. leaves, and is not found for another two weeks. When the police do find him he is walking on the railroad tracks, heading back home