PREFACE. ANGUS BETHUNE. “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” is the one story in this collection that does not include a character from any of my. In “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” and “The Scarlet Ibis,” the conflict of the story shows that people can change considerably as a result of a. And since History tends to draw its parallel upon fictional tales of valor, it is stories such as “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” and “One Friday.

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However, the book also shows the picture of hope in humanity. Chris Crutcher presents this story in a way that most people can relate to some of the situations found in the high school setting.

Chris Crutcher’s “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” is a comical narrative that focuses mainly on the problems of bullying in the school system. As Angus deals with these issues, the reader understands the hardships that he has encountered during his live and feels the pain he has gone through.

I loved how Chris Curtcher made Angus light hearted in the sense that he could laugh at his life and did not bethume people to feel sorry for him or go to therapy.

Discuss the comparisons and contrasts and dwell on the idea that normal is relative, cultural, there is no such thing as normal. Crutcher, before he became a writer, directed an alternative school for inner-city kids in Oakland, California, and later became a family therapist.

Theme of the Short Story “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” | Pen and the Pad

Issues of stereotypes, same sex relationships and the children who are raised in those households, and learning to love yourself for who you are when everyone else sees you as nothing but a joke. Below are several teaching ideas, concerns, themes, or connections with other text that a teacher could consider important and could possibly teach: Children would enjoy this story because they can relate to what is happening to Angus and make connections with it too.

I feel as if I did not relate as well. The realization is befhune everyone is a bethuje. I thought this story was funny and interesting. Reply More 10 KatieSpears Edited: He has a strong home life despite the obvious differences of other kids in his school.


Angus Bethune has a hard time fitting in. I appreciated that the home life was unique and that the character was strong in his love and defence of his family. Though he makes use of a rather cliche plot, Chris Crutcher does a wonderful job of describing the problem of bullying.

Angus and Melissa both have issues and it proves that just because your popular in school, does not mean you do not have issues. The main issue of this work is the bullying that Angus indures.

GHS “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune” – Vocabulary List :

Jan 31, Unfortunately, in life kids will understand that life is hard and very seldom work out for the best. Hopefully this story would show teenagers that it’s ok to be different and not fit in with the so called “in crowd”. Since Angus does not know how to dance well, his greatest fear of the night is the dance with Melissa who is also Senior Winter Ball Queen, but to his surprise, it turns out better than he could imagine. He’s overweight, and both of his parents are gay. This is an area that novelists might do well to look into, because of the growing trend of homosexuality in America.

It was angs them that had gotten him elected Senior Winter Ball King in the first place because they thought it would be hilarious. I think that this would momet a good book for students to read, especially those that are experiencing bullying. He loves his family, but the kids at his high school are not so accepting and riducule Angus because his parents are different.

Bullying is yet another issue that appears in this text. This book address the fact that kids faces challenges, but also the way others treat kids who have different lives. Angus also is a large boy from what the story nrief, which is what makes his life at school difficult.

Short Story Review for A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune

I think it is quite obvious that this book makes for a good opportunity to discuss the problem of bullying with students, talking about its negative effects. I wish there were more young adult books where the main character has homosexual parents because some young adults do have homosexual parents. Feeling as if people complained about me, because being the youngest, my siblings did complain and I guess in the long run it affected me to think as if Angus was thinking.


I really enjoyed this story because it was both humorous and serious. The fact that I had to relate this story to a movie rather than a novel tells us something–there are not a lot of young adult novels that deal with the effects’ of parents’ and others’ homosexuality on young people.

The night of the ball doesn’t start out very well for Angus, but as the night goes on, events begin to unfold and you realize that things are not exactly what they seems. Most young adults can relate to some part of the book, which points out that we all have our problems, no matter our background or status. The story confirmed my belief that each of these things truly is a major struggle for everyone.

The short story exposes the reality of the difficult life that many kids face. He is aware that the whole thing is a prank but he has learned from his grandfather that it is easier to just go along with some things than to bring even more attention to yourself and decides to go to the prom. A brief moment in the life of Angus Bethune was enticing from beginning to end.

The sarcastic descriptions of the various characters make for a very entertaining read.

Not only is he bullied for his size, but he is the child of homosexual parents. This short story brings up the issue of peer pressure and the strain of our image to others. The main character and narrarator is Angus Bethune and he is an overweight ebthune who is an Indian School boy.