How Percy struggles in controlling his emotions and how he can solve it
Emotion is a thing that humans have naturally. And just as it is caused by many different things it also affects people in many different ways. Almost everyone has found trouble controlling their emotions before, especially during certain periods of constant stress, anxiety, and failure. In the book, The Lightning Thief, Percy constantly struggles to control his emotions at school, as it had led to incorrect and unwise actions that often got him into serious trouble.
From Percy’s conversations with other people and his resulting actions, we can conclude that his temper is overwhelming him. He gets into a lot of fights and arguments with Nancy Bobofit and her friends and almost every time, it ends as Percy is sent into the corridors and put into detention.
“’Will myou shut up?!?! – it came out louder than I meant.” (pg5)
Raging, he insists Nancy to stop messing around on the school bus, annoying his best friend Grover. However, his loud and unpleasant words were heard by everyone. This part of the story shows that Percy doesn’t consider his actions/words and releases them even before thinking about it and that he’s unthoughtful of other people and harms them with strong words.
“’Because you don’t want me around?’ I regretted the words as soon as they were out.”
This quote was said by Percy when he and his mom were having a personal time at the Long Island beach. Percy hates being sent away to new boarding schools by his mom every time he is expelled from the previous one. He desires to stay with his mother and doesn’t understand the ‘danger’ his mom is talking about. However, his words seriously hurt his mother and harmed her feelings. Obviously, Percy didn’t think before his actions, again.
Fortunately, Percy’s problem of controlling his emotions can be improved in many ways.
According to SkillsYouNeed, “For example, you might ask yourself some questions about possible courses of action, like:
- How do I feel about this situation?
- What do I think I should do about it?
- What effect would that have for me and for other people?
- Does this action fit with my values?
- If not, what else could I do that might fit better?
- Is there anyone else that I could ask about this who might help me?”
This part of the article (Recognising and Managing Emotions) shows that considering before acting can help you understand your choices and make the best decision. Think before you act, and perhaps you would realize that what you were about to do isn’t the best option!
“You can choose how you feel.” –Anon.
Keep doing positive, kind, helpful and encouraging actions to also maintain positive emotions/attitude yourself. Exercise, help other people out, be grateful, do what you like to do, and notice the good things in your life are things you can do to make yourself feel better. If Percy was to look at the bright side of this world and attempt to make himself feel better, then perhaps his grades would have been better and less emotion eruptions would have occurred.
“I know,” I grumbled. “A month erasing workbooks.” (pg10)
During the field trip, Nancy Bobofit fell on the ground and told Mrs. Dodds that Percy had pushed her. However, it was really the water that had somehow grabbed her and threw her on the floor. Though, Percy had already been through so much unfairness that he didn’t even protest himself. Instead of raging and insisting that Nancy had lied, he had just let it be and automatically went with Mrs. Dodds for detention. This shows how Percy was actually starting to control his emotions. Good! He knew nothing would change even though he was to defend himself, so, therefore, he didn’t say anything and just went along with it.
In conclusion, if Percy could consider his actions/words before doing, he would definitely be viewed as a more respectful person and make more friends. Also, if he was to keep a positive attitude and maintain his emotions to be well, his grades would surely be better and teachers would have a better impression of him.