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In the novel "That Was Then, This Is Now", which character do you feel the most...

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Calcodo7 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 13, 2009 at 5:50 PM via web

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In the novel "That Was Then, This Is Now", which character do you feel the most sympathy for? Why?

In the novel "That Was Then, This Is Now", which character do you feel the most sympathy for? Why?

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Jen Sambdman | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted September 10, 2009 at 8:02 PM (Answer #2)

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Personally, I feel pretty bad for Mark. At the end he hadn't changed for the better. He was bitter and cold toward Bryon who only had everyone, including Mark's, best interest in mind and he just doesn't see it. All he sees is his best friend ratting him out to the cops and putting him in jail. He doesn't understand that what he did was wrong and it was HIS actions that got him where he was. He isn't completely at fault though as he was never fully punished for all of the mistakes he had made in the past so he was pretty consequence ignorant. Take, for example, when he boosted the Principal's car to go to his parole officer meeting. He didn't even get in trouble because it was a misunderstanding in that he had no way to get to the meeting. He could have taken the initiative to tell his PO that he had no transportation but instead he stole a car. He didn't learn from his mistakes because they were never fully pointed out to him until now when he has a serious consequence staring him in the face.

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jesicuh | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 7, 2009 at 8:34 AM (Answer #3)

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i personally think this was a very good book. it showed all the dangers of being a teenager in a "hood" town. there are a lot of kids even in these days that get into trouble for selling to help out thier family. there are even drug problems all around the U.S. just in my town i can say i know more then ten kids that smoke cigs or pot. also being on drugs can also influence fights and stealing like the kids did in the book. im sure kids all over the world have done something they knew they shouldnt have. cutting her hair was mean but kids do much worse. these rapes or murders happening in towns right next to ours. this book really shows the importance of how the family needs to stick together and talk to there kids about drugs or fighting. parents should worry about their kids coming home at night. ya sure id love to stay out til whenever i wanted to but i know id get into a lot of trouble. ima already in a charter school. but i know if i was out with the people i know who do drugs id deff be in way more trouble when ive gotten into.

this book was a good read and i think a lot more kids would like it.

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mrmesl | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 4, 2009 at 8:42 AM (Answer #4)

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In the novel "That Was Then, This Is Now", which character do you feel the most sympathy for? Why?

In the novel "That Was Then, This Is Now", which character do you feel the most sympathy for? Why?

I feel the most sympathy for Mark. He was thrusted into the family situation of living with Bryon and Mom because of the death of his parents. He was victim of his circumstance, his big mistake was selling illegal stuff and having Bryon find out about it. Bryon somewhat believed that Mark's actions could have been linked to M&M's issue

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