PERCY JACKSON SUMMATIVE
“Am I a troubled kid? Yeah. You could say that.”-Percy Jackson
Percy Jackson may seem like he is not the average middle schooler with being a son of a god and killing monsters, but in reality, he is just a student. Like people all over the world Percy is facing many problems in his everyday life; to make better choices for himself and his community Percy should listen to what people tell him, make more friends, and spend more time with his family.
Percy Jackson should listen to what people tell him. In Why We Should Listen to Old People, Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. states, “Listening to the advice of older people has promoted well-being and even survival for millennia.” Also, in the book when Chiron asked Percy to tell him everything in the prophecy; Percy didn’t tell him about a friend that will betray him, and if he did, then Chiron might have found out earlier and Percy wouldn’t risk being killed by Luke. Another piece of evidence is when Percy arrived at Camp Half-Blood everyone told him not to say gods and monsters’ names, but he kept on saying it which made them stronger. Many subsequent events could have been avoided if he listened to what people told him.
Making more friends would help Percy Jackson a lot. Why Personal Relationships Are Important implies, “The support offered by a caring friend can provide a buffer against the effects of stress.” In the book, Percy only has one friend at school so when he needs help there are not that many people to support him. If he had more friends, he would get a lot of support and do better in school, which would make him have a happier life.
Spending more time with family would make Percy a lot happier. In Why Personal Relationships Are Important it asserts, “In a study of over 100 people, researchers found that people who completed a stressful task experienced a faster recovery when they were reminded of people with whom they had strong relationships.” If he lives with his mom, he will live longer because in Why Personal Relationships Are Important it says that people with strong relationships are 50% less likely to die prematurely. The Power of a Caring Adult can Change a Child’s life says that children and youth do better in school and life when they are connected to caring adults. Also, Percy hasn’t been living with his mom for his whole life because he was going to boarding schools, so living with his mom and building his relationship with her will make him healthier, live longer, and do better in school.
Though Percy may be a son of a god and a killer of monsters, he is just a middle school student. Percy should listen to what people tell him, make more friends, and spend more time with his family for him and his community to be as best as they can be. Though Percy is the son of a god, he is not perfect and can improve himself just like us.
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Pillermer, Karl A., Ph.D. “Why Should We Listen to Old People.” Huff Post, 6 Dec. 2017, www.huffpost.com/entry/why-should-we-listen-to-old-people_b_1207996. Accessed 25 Sept. 2019.