Theft, poor grades, altercations, and a father in jail. The extraordinary life of Castle Cranshaw has made him the angry kid that always get into troubles. This summer, with his unique talent, he drastically changed his opinion on himself in Jason Reynolds‘ novel – Ghost.
“…You can’t run away from who you are, but what you can do is run toward who you want to be.” (Rey 155) Through witnessing his own father shooting at his wife and their son, it left a dark hole in Castle’s heart and mind, until one summer afternoon, his casual encounter with the “Defenders” track team and Coach changed his opinion on running. Running was Castle’s “crazy” natural talent, with a nickname he gave himself called “Ghost”, he was no doubt the fastest kid in the team. After knowing all of the team crews’ story of why they’re running, Castle got to know everybody better, it also changed his opinion on running. Coach tells him that no one can run away from who they are, but the true purpose is to run toward who they want to be. The postcard that I made above showed Castle’s feeling after all the track training with Coach and how the events had changed him, how he embraced his anger, and finally found who he is and who he wants to be.
Accept your life and face the reality, be strong and run towards your dream.
- adidas. “Shaunae Miller: Speed Takes Confidence – adidas”. Youtube, May 28, 2016. Retrieved: Oct 24, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaxBdtxnAhU
- Tim Clayton. “Men’s 5000m Final. London Olympics 2012”. gettyimages, Aug 11, 2012. Retrieved: Oct 24, 2017 www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/runners-feet-in-action-in-the-mens-5000m-final-at-the-news-photo/527340912#runners-feet-in-action-in-the-mens-5000m-final-at-the-olympic-stadium-picture-id527340912
- Postcard made with: Canva