PREFACE. ANGUS BETHUNE. “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” is the one story in this collection that does not include a character from any of my. In “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” and “The Scarlet Ibis,” the conflict of the story shows that people can change considerably as a result of a. And since History tends to draw its parallel upon fictional tales of valor, it is stories such as “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” and “One Friday.

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However, I do not think I would teach this short story in my class, becasue I think there are better written short stories out there. The prom queen happens to be the girl of his dreams, Melissa. Below are several teaching ideas, concerns, themes, or connections with other text that a teacher could consider important and could possibly teach: As the day approaches, Angus gains insightful advice from Granddad as well as enrolls in dance lessons for his big moment with Melissa.

The story discusses the various hardships of being a teenager and learning how to overcome them and how they may momfnt able to change their outlook in a positive way.

Even though I know this type of life is a reality, I found it difficult to read. I loved how in the end Melissa saw how people Rick treated Angus and knew it was someone she could truly talk to.

I really enjoyed reading this short story. He showed up at the ball instead of backing out and looking like a coward. Our situations are different in the sense that his parents are with the same sex, but both of our parents are separated and that was close enough to make a connection. The author uses the huge problem of peer pressure in order to relate to adolescent readers.

An activity i could do before or after reading this short story would be to place a big straight line down the middle of my class room and as students to stand on either side away from the line. The end of this story was in a way predictable.

He comes from a couple who divorced at a very young age for him and are now married to their same sex. Having the one person to tell problems to and brrief versa is a great way to realize that like Angus and Melissa, know matter what we look like or how perfect everyone thinks another person is, we are momejt different and all want to be socially excepted.


I would use this in my classroom to liven up the curriculum. High school students will be able to relate to Angus’s low self-esteem and what he does to raise it. All of this bullying led to Angus retaliating by fighting them.

Theme of the Short Story ‘A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune’

I have never ready anything like this before in terms of Angus’s home life, but I have read plenty of books concerning bullying and beng self-conscious. I want to teach 11th grade, and even at that age, I would definitely use this short story in my classroom. It would not matter where in the year i placed this reading because this issue happens every day 2. Crutcher uses these picturesque ideas and images to characterize his characters and their surroundings in order to provide the reader with details in which he or she can relate.

I feel as if I did not relate as well. Melissa Lefevre is one of the prettiest girls in the school, and Angus just so happens to have a crush on her, one that has lasted since kindergarten. I always felt that way growing up. I think this story is an awesome story for teenagers to read. The fact that I had to relate this story to a movie rather than a novel tells us something–there are not a lot of young adult novels that deal with the effects’ of parents’ and others’ homosexuality on young people.

People have learned that picking on him involves a risk–he admits to the reader that he is short-tempered, and has no scruples about punching the lights of anyone who dares to make fun of him. Chris Crutcher’s “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” is a comical narrative that focuses mainly on the problems of bullying in the school system.

Discuss where they originate and how they are perceived by other students. You’ll have to read the story yourself to find out about the other two things that I mentioned As the overweight son of divorced, gay parents, the protagonist Angus Bethune hardly meets his classmates’ definition of “normal. I feel like this story is so relatable for so many teens out in the world. A larger issue this book raises is the educator’s role in issues of bullying.


Crutcher believes that peer pressure is a very real problem for all high school students in some way. He always has been. He comes out of the experience with a better view of himself and realizes that there’s no point in selling himself short just because he doesn’t like the way he looks–because it’s something that he can’t change. I believe this short story is a beneficial read that will allow students to relate to the characters as well as each other on a more personal basis.

It is similar to what we talked about Tuesday in class about there not being enough books about minorities, and how everyone wants to be able to relate to the main character in some way.

Not to mention the bullying that went on this story that happens everyday in the real world. The short story exposes the reality of bethund difficult life that many kids face.

Theme of the Short Story ‘A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune’ | Education – Seattle PI

His biggest fear is not the humiliation ofr the ahgus but having to dance with a girl that he has been in love with all of his life. As Angus deals with these issues, the reader understands the hardships that he has encountered during his lifetime and feels the pain he has gone through.

I believe that Chris Curtcher touches on real life situations that occur in our society. I did not like the harsh, blunt attack or Angus put on himself.

GHS “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” – Vocabulary List :

Despite his talent in sports football and apparent popularity he has been elected Senior Winter Ball KingAngus still sees himself as a fat kid named after a type of cow, who has two sets of gay parents his mother and father divorced and remarried same-sex partners. Reading from angus’ point of view anugs the students to really see how thing s can be and how they are in life events. This is a comedic short story on a serious issue.