How do you compare and contrast Jess's family and Leslie's family? How did their families contribute to their creation of Terabithia?
Jess's parents are worn out and overburdened from poverty and despair. They need help with the farm and work Jess as though he were a farmhand. Jess is artistic which raises conflict with his father who believes physical power is essential for a male.
Leslie's parents are intelligent and irresponsible. As a result Leslie is a free spirit who is allowed to wander physically, psychological and intellectually where her fancy takes her.