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Prezi Explains: The Significant Theme

Have you ever tried to suicide? In the book, Damage, by A.M.Jenkins, Austin Reid tried to suicide because of depression. Above is a Prezi I created to show how he overcomes depression because of a theme I thought of after reading the book, “There are many things that are just a tiny part of our lives”.

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Austin’s Life Is Back On Track

Is there a girl you really like and would think of her all day long? In the book, Damage, Austin Reid has finally found something he cared about. After Heather and Austin started dating, Austin could not stop thinking about her and wanting to hang out with her. Jenkins writes, “Sorry, I got things to do” (94). Austin’s best friend, Curtis, invited him to come skiing with him over Christmas break but Austin denied it, that showed how he cared about Heather way more than hanging out with friends.

Jenkins writes, “By the time a few weeks have passed, Austin is feeling almost like his old self again” (87). Life is currently looking very good for Austin, since he has found something he cared about, he would take any chance to see her. Jenkins writes, “Don’t be so cynical, baby” (95). Austin listened to all the cd’s Heather shared with him, he listened it so many times he could already sing random parts of some songs even though he personally disliked those kind of music. But if it was a way to become closer with Heather, he would listen to all of them. During the rising action, Austin and Heather’s relationship became even better, where they would meet up after Austin’s football practice for most of the time. Jenkins writes, “Everybody knows he and Kat broke up because she didn’t want to do it, and he did” (99). Heather and Curtis disliked each other, so Heather started to tease and complain about Curtis in front of Austin. Austin started to get a little frustrated but he knew what was right (let Heather say what she wants so the two of them would be fine). Even though it looked like he only cared about Heather, he actually also cared a lot about Curtis because they were best friends for a long time. Jenkins writes, “Tonight, his screwup kept a Bulldog drive alive. In Curtis’s book, that means he hand delivered them a touch down” (105). The two things that mattered to Curtis the most was Football and Kat, today he failed in a football game so he was very frustrated at himself. As a good friend, Austin would cheer him up and tell him to forget about it. Jenkins writes, “You’re the first guy I’ve let in my room. I never let guys in” (115). The relationship between Austin and Heather was probably the longest one according to Heather. Heather’s bedroom was like the most private place in her house, only she could enter, and she only believed Austin. They talked and talked, mostly about Heather because she is sort of selfish but Austin didn’t mind, he liked being with Heather.

 

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Life is Confusing

Are there times when you begin to dislike your passion? In my point of view, the conflict of the book Damage is person vs. self because this book is about a high schooler named Austin Reid who started to dislike his life. Except, the problem was he could not figure out what was going wrong.

Austin Reid was a football star in high school, he enjoyed this sport very much, but recently he could not figure out why he even likes this sport. Jenkins writes, “Coach seldom gives compliments, so you should be pleased. But his words skitter on the surface and float away, meaningless” (48). When Austin scores the first touchdown of their first game of the season, it should have been one of the best moments of his life. However, Austin didn’t feel like it was anything great, he thought it was just a typical touchdown. Jenkins writes, “You’re not as focused as you usually are” (9). After several football practices, his best friend, Curtis, notices Austin is not trying as hard as last year. Austin is usually day dreaming in practices and he is usually the slowest to complete drills. I can sort of connect with Austin’s situation in practices because sometimes I will also day dream in the middle of soccer or basketball practices because I have got other things on my mind to worry about.

Through out the exposition, Austin meets a very beautiful girl named Heather. Heather was in the same high school as Austin, she was known as the most beautiful girl in the grade. Austin’s best friend Curtis didn’t really like her, in his mind, he thought of her as a selfish person. However, Austin and Heather happened to really like each other and they moved to the next level (dating). Jenkins writes, “The tape rolls on. The screen becomes a blur of swaying lines battling bodies again. Faceless, like ants. Not one of them is as real as the tickle of Heather’s breath in your ear” (52). After they started dating, in his mind, all Austin could think of was Heather. Austin finally has found something he really cared about and he felt like his life became more interesting. Is Heather what Austin was looking for all along?

 

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