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Boot Camp Zusammenfassung

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2010, Mr M.

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Summary of the Book Boot Camp The index The cover picture        ­   ­        ­             page 1 The author         ­   ­        ­             page 2 The summary        ­   ­        ­             page 3-5 An excerpt        ­   ­        ­                            ­  p­age 6 Characterizatio­n  ­        ­             page 7 My own opinion        ­   ­        ­             page 8 The summary A 16 years old boy, call Connor Durrell, must leave his home. Rebecca and Harry, two transporter of a Boot Camp which calls Lake Harmony, kidnap Connor. He must wear handcuffs. They are bound for a long time and the hands of Connor get numb. About 4 am. they arrive a building which looks like a prison. He can use the bathroom. A man goes with him in a windowless room with a bed and two chairs. The man looks like a troll. He must stand for a while. Then a thin man come into the room and says he must strip or he must stand there for another 24 hours. He strips. The man gives him a green polo shirt, a blue jeans and green flip-flops. The troll and the thin man leave while he put on his new uniform. One of the men says he can try to sleep. Connor is scared that he must stay in the “prison”. At the next morning he must stand up. A man with a black polo shirt twists his arm because Connor won’t get up. The man goes with him to the office of the direction. The director calls Mr. Z. He tells Connor that his rich parents pay much

The critic about Boot Camp

by Morton Rhue

Chapters

Summary. 1

Characters 1

Main subjects 5

Director 5

Good, bad pages and also good and bad comments 6

Style of writing. 6


Summary

The book “Boot Camp”, written by Morton Rhue ,is about the Boot Camps in the USA. Connor, the son of rich parents ,is sent to one of these Boot Camps: It is called “Lake Harmony”. There he learns that every kind of humanity can be lost with the help of hurting by physical methods or material methods.

But he is not the only one ,who wants to come away from Lake Harmony ,there are other two children: Sarah and Pauly. With them he flees until the frontier of Canada .At the frontier Connor sacrifices himself for the rescue of the other two. So he is brought back to Lake Harmony. He has lost his hope for freedom and so he is lost :He becomes a brainwashed child.

At the end Connor’s parents “save” him, but he is so brainwashed that he thinks the reason why he was sent to Lake Harmony is that he was a bad son and deserves everything .


Characters

There are some main characters, I will describe now.

1st Connor Durrell

Connor is a very intelligent child ,so he feels in someways superiors. When he starts a relationship with his ten years older math teacher, his parents send him to Lake Harmony. There he proves that he is more than intelligent : He is brave ,good and courageous. Connor brakes a lot of rules and have to bear for example TI ,then he has the courage to flee .

The conclusion:

He is brave ,good ,intelligent ,in some ways superiors, courage and also he stands out a lot.


2nd Joe

Joe is a chaperone at Lake Harmony and the “Father” of  Connor’s group Dignity. He is a very cruel man ,who thinks everything he does to the “prisoners” at Lake Harmony, is right because they have done bad things like take drugs or rob a truck stop. Maybe he feels good with his job, because he may thinks he does good things :He helps “sick” children.

The conclusion:

Joe is a cruel and despising man, who really thinks h.....[read full text]

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The conclusion:

Mr Z has to have no heart and when he has a heart it must be a very dark.

6th Connor’s parents

Connor’s parents have a lot of money and so they think they can do everything ,also they sent Connor to Lake Harmony .They are in someways important ,it is their decision to take Connor back. But also they love their son and at they do not know how a Boot Camp is like .

The conclusion :

Connor’s parents are rich and arrogant people ,but they have got a heart and really loves their son .

7th Rebecca

Rebecca and Harry are transporters for Lake Harmony . They “kidnapping” children and bring them to the Boot Camps or if children flee they have to catch them. Rebecca is a young woman, who was also at a Boot Camp .She saves Connor ,because Connor have save their lives and so Rebecca’s view  of seeing things changes.  After Connor is brought back ,she finds his parents and told them what Lake Harmony really is like.

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I think nobody knows really what a Boot Camp really is like. A few of people may know something more than the other ,but they do not do anything.

The book shows the brutal way of making somebody to a “subject”. Boot Camps are everywhere on the world and children are sent their over and over again .Also one can see ,how the children change. First they are what they are and then they begin to change .One feels how hard it is to bear and  to give up .

Also one can see ,how the people have change. In the past parents sell their children to get money ,now they are paying a lot of money to make their children to better children. Both ways are not good ,but the optional deliver of children is in someways harder. I think the main subject the director have is to open the people eyes and to inform them . Maybe he distends a little bit .

Director

Morton Rhue is born in the year1950 in New York City. After his literature study he earn his money as a busker in Europe ,then he works as a journalist for the Widdilgton Times Herald-Records.

In Germany Morton Rhue became famous with the book “The Wave” .also he writes the books “Give a boy a gun”, “Can’t get there from here”, “Ghetto Kidz” and “Boot Camp” . In this Books he describes for example the life in a ghetto or the life at the street. He ever write for financial accounting of teenagers  and his book are often critical. Now he lives with his wife and two children in New York.

Good and bad pages and also good and bad comments

In my opinion is at page five a comment ,which describes the main subject very good. “You don’t get out by giving them what you think they want. You don’t get out until you are what they want.”

In the last Chapter Connor writes in his notebook that the escape of Lake Harmony was wrong and he hopes soon he will get out off Lake Harmony ,but only Joe can decide it. It is a really interesting comment because it shows how a smart boy is changed to a brainwashed boy. The looks in the past in the first chapters are really good to unde.....

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