This is a screenshot of Philip’s desktop. Looking at the background picture, you can tell that Philip has a great love for track. “Track team practice season starts next week. Can’t wait” (Avi 13), he wrote in his diary, showing his enthusiasm for the sport. The folders on his desktop reflect his interests and athletic-ness, while also showing his cocky side: ‘Malloy Magic’.
Here is Philip’s folder for entertainment and personal use. You can see that a lot of his movies and videos are based on running and working out. Him naming his folder ‘Malloy Magic’ shows a little arrogance in his personality, giving us a peek of what he thinks of himself.
Here is Philip’s school folder. You can see that he despises English a lot and we later learned in the book that the reason for his hatred of English is because of his teacher, Miss Narwin. From this, we can tell that he often lets his feelings against his teacher affect his academic work because he purposely does not cooperate with Miss Narwin in English. Here is a look at his winter term exam, which appeared in the book’s page 18 and 19:
Just to spite Miss Narwin, he purposely writes an annoying and disrespectful answer on the exam, thus ending up with a D in English. Miss Narwin knows that he does have potential in the subject but he does not try at all.
Last but definitely not least, the track folder symbolizes Philip’s passion for running. His family is not the richest of all so he may not be able to afford the expensive sneakers. For example, when Philip got bad grades in English, he was told that he could not join the track team until he brought it up. Because of this, Philip chose to tell his parents that he did not want to join the team anymore in fear of letting them know about his academic jeopardy. His parents had a different reaction: “Now wait a minute. You’re really into it. We just got you new shoes… Those shoes weren’t cheap either” (37). That is why he has a ‘wish list’ folder that includes track equipment that he wants but cannot afford.
In conclusion, our multimedia post is an approach to showcase Philip’s life. His desktop and folders tells us about his personality, the conflicts in his life, his passions, and schoolwork. We hope you have a better understanding of Philip Malloy!