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Paul lost his eyesight when his brother and a friend sprayed paint into his eyes. Paul was always told that he looked into an eclipse when he was little and that was how he lost his much of his...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2015, 9:31 pm (UTC)

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A lot happens during this novel. I'll pick several important events that occur over the course of the novel in order to provide a better picture of how much actually happens to Paul. Paul and his...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2017, 1:28 pm (UTC)

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In Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine, Luis Cruz is killed by a blow to the head from a blackjack wielded by Erik Fisher's friend, Arthur Bauer. The head wound doesn't kill Luis right away. Luis had...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2016, 10:50 pm (UTC)

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Paul Fisher is the main character and narrator in Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine. He is legally blind and wears very thick glasses. He has no peripheral vision. He believes that he was blinded by...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2016, 11:50 pm (UTC)

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In the novel Tangerine, Edward Bloor reveals the many cruelties of Erik slowly, beginning with the present, and working backward to the incident where Paul was blinded. This is very effective since...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2018, 3:00 am (UTC)

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Edward Bloor’s novel is about a highly dysfunctional family in which the parents collaborate with their older child in abusing the younger child. The parents routinely engage in psychological...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2019, 6:10 am (UTC)

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In Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine, Paul Fisher is the main character and narrator. He is also a dynamic character. The main change he goes through is finding his identity in the shadow of his older...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2018, 7:06 pm (UTC)

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Tangerine is full of potential themes that could be classified as "main" themes. One such potential theme is the theme of appearance conflicting with reality. This theme can be explored through...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2019, 2:27 am (UTC)

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I think, too, that she is what a lot of mothers are when it comes to their children; Naive and dillusiional--both of the parents actually. This was most evident when the grandparents came to town...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2012, 1:20 am (UTC)

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In Tangerine, Paul confronts Erik (his brother) and Arthur about Luis Cruz's death; however, Paul doesn't confront Erik about his eyes. Instead, he confronts his parents for lying to him about how...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2015, 9:00 pm (UTC)

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The "Erik Fisher Football Dream" is Paul's name for his older brother's plan to earn fame and a college scholarship by playing football. This theme is central to Tangerine. Paul, the main character...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2018, 10:08 am (UTC)

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Mike and Joey are brothers, and have a relationship that is a complete contrast to Erik and Paul. Mike is a role-model to his younger brother, showing compassion and brotherly love, a natural foil...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2019, 10:38 pm (UTC)

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There are a few similarities in the relationship between the Costello brothers and the Fisher brothers in Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine. There are many more differences. The first similarities are...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2018, 2:26 am (UTC)

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Erik and Arthur are laughing after Mike Costello's death because they are such insensitive, cruel boys that they find humor in Mike's little brother's reaction to the death. Joey, Mike's little...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2016, 8:50 pm (UTC)

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Erik’s family moved to Florida because of its football craze which would increase Erik’s chances of being scouted and awarded a scholarship. Additionally, Mr. Fisher had accepted an engineering job...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2015, 12:24 pm (UTC)

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It seems like Paul could have avoided a lot of trouble and heartache if he had told his parents about the terrible things Erik did in Edward Bloor's novel, Tangerine, but it's a little more...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2018, 4:46 pm (UTC)

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In that sentence and throughout that paragraph, Victor means that membership on the team means membership in a group of fiercely protective friends. ... "But I saw you playing hard out there, too....

Latest answer posted May 30, 2016, 6:41 pm (UTC)

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In Edward Bloor's young reader's novel Tangerine, protagonist middle schooler Paul Fisher, along with his older brother Erik, must move with his family from Houston, Texas, to Lake Windsor in...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2015, 9:12 am (UTC)

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Muck fires are often the result of lighting strikes that generate great heat, and the muck fire in Tangerine is not an exception. Though the muck fire was already there, the lightning strike made...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2019, 4:02 pm (UTC)

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In Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine, Paul is the protagonist. His older brother Erik is a really mean individual, but Paul's parents are blind to that fact. All they see is his tremendous athletic...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2017, 8:40 pm (UTC)

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Although Paul's mom says almost nothing, directly, about the house she grew up in, her comments in the chapter titled "Thursday, August 31" strongly imply that she grew up in a very small and/or...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2016, 3:40 am (UTC)

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Essentially, Paul gets kicked off the Lake Windsor Middle School soccer team because his disability prevents him from being covered under the school's accident insurance plan. Insurers often won't...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2018, 6:54 pm (UTC)

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In the novel Tangerine, the narrator and protagonist, Paul Fisher, often begrudges the way his parents give his brother Erik more praise and attention than they do him. His father obsesses over...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2016, 8:25 pm (UTC)

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The Erik Fisher Football Dream is Paul's name for his older brother's plan to become a high school football star and a college football scholarship recipient. Mr. Fisher, the father of Erik and...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2018, 1:22 am (UTC)

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One example of a metaphor in Tangerine is when Paul says, “Of course, it wasn’t really a game. It was a war” in reference to the soccer game. Metaphors compare two things without using the words...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2018, 12:15 am (UTC)

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Paul's dad works as a civil engineer. His work is very important to him, so much so that he moves his family to Tangerine County in Florida in order to take up a new position. Mr. Fisher has been...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2021, 12:32 pm (UTC)

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Mr. Fisher remarks that he focuses on Erik due to the particular importance of his football season. Since Mr. Fisher wants Erik to play competitive college football in order to enter the NFL, this...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2016, 5:01 pm (UTC)

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Joey’s comments tell us that, unlike his friend Paul, Joey is unwilling to embrace Tangerine Middle School’s diversity and adapt his attitude to its culture of sarcastic comments and tough-guy...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016, 12:29 am (UTC)

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While Paul chooses soccer, Erik chooses football. I’d argue that the popularity ratings of both sports show differing aspects of the brothers’ personalities. As of right now, in the United States...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2016, 2:57 am (UTC)

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Paul fears Erik for a couple of distinct reasons. One of the most dominant is that Erik is so openly accepted by the family. Erik is seen as a "golden child" because of his charisma and his...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2014, 8:10 pm (UTC)

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A metaphor is a figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unrelated things. Unlike similes, metaphors usually don’t use “like” or “as” to make a comparison. Examples of metaphors in...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016, 12:50 am (UTC)

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This is an interesting question about Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine, and it does not have a direct answer from the text. Readers must make inferences to determine the answers to why Joey acts the...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2018, 6:05 pm (UTC)

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The most important metaphor is vision (and blindness, and degrees of blindness). Paul's family acts as if he's blind, but he's not! His eyes are injured, and he has to wear those thick glasses, but...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2016, 10:05 pm (UTC)

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Erik is a malevolent force, and deep down Paul is aware of this. Sometimes people repress memories, meaning that they have memories deep inside them that they don’t know they are there. This is...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2014, 2:11 am (UTC)

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At Tangerine Middle, the teachers like to assign a lot of cross-curriculuar projects, which means that the project applies to multiple classes. For this project, the assignment counted towards...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2016, 5:45 pm (UTC)

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The resolution of the novel Tangerine by Edward Bloor ties up many loose ends and gives information on how the characters deal with the choices they've made in the novel. Paul, the main character,...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2016, 7:24 pm (UTC)

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Tangerine is an important part of the book Tangerine. That shouldn't come as a surprise, since the author chose to title the book after the setting rather than the protagonist or use some kind of...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2020, 1:51 pm (UTC)

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The Lake Windsor Downs homes are covered by tents because of a termite infestation. Termites are a type of insect that can quickly destroy the wooden walls of homes. They’re considered a pest...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2016, 3:07 am (UTC)

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Luis is the older brother of Theresa and Tino Cruz, Paul’s classmates at his new school, Tangerine Middle School. Luis used to play soccer even though he is slightly disabled after an injury in...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016, 1:35 am (UTC)

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Erik is furious and brooding, possibly even vengeful. His father thinks the game was a victory and that Erik's fall toward the end of the game should be forgotten. This question refers to the...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2016, 9:05 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Fisher reads from an article describing how Tangerine County is famous for how often it's struck by lightning. This happens near the beginning of the novel, in the chapter titled "Thursday,...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2016, 9:39 pm (UTC)

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The amount of control Paul's mother exerts is amazing! The irony is, through all of her control, she still is (ultimately) a liar. Paul's mother "invades" the school for three reasons: To insist...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2015, 9:20 pm (UTC)

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In Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine, the main character, Paul, visits Luis Cruz's family's tangerine grove and learns many things on that first visit. Paul learns that Luis's family grows Cleopatra...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2016, 1:33 am (UTC)

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Joey Costello says “Mike always felt better when he got his shoes off,” to Paul. Joey says this after Erik and Arthur Bauer make fun of the death of Joey’s brother, Mike Costello, right in front of...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016, 1:00 am (UTC)

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Paul is often frustrated by his mother's insistence that he is "legally blind." He claims there are actually many things he can see that other people can't. This proves to be true, but not...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2016, 6:59 pm (UTC)

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The Fishers ignore Erik’s cruelty because Erik is a master manipulator who is easily able to mask his true self when his parents are around him. He quickly morphs into a sweet, innocent boy when...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2016, 12:25 am (UTC)

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Paul uses ironic figurative language to show his family’s unwillingness to see the truth about its dark secret: Erik, star football player and the oldest Fisher brother, is a completely immoral...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016, 12:01 am (UTC)

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The Lake Windsor Middle School soccer team is known as the Lake Windsor Seagulls. It’s obvious that Tangerine author Edward Bloor had some fun with the school team names. The Tangerine Middle...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016, 1:25 am (UTC)

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The muck fires constantly burn because of lignite. Wayne explains that lignite is basically a step before coal. It's a substance that feeds the fires so that they never stop. There are hundreds of...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2019, 3:37 am (UTC)

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You can review this scene if you open the book to about 1/6 of the way in, then look for the chapter titled "Tuesday, September 5." You can see there how Paul's reaction to Mike's sudden death is...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2016, 6:08 pm (UTC)

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