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That Was Then, This Is Now

In S. E. Hinton's novel That Was Then, This Is Now, the female leads, Angela and Cathy, both have black hair, good looks, and romantic ties to Bryon, but that is where their similarities end. In...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2017, 9:53 am (UTC)

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Originally, Mark and Bryon were best friends. Then they become foster siblings when Bryon's mother adopted Mark. The reason behind the adoption is that Mark's parents shot and killed each other in...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2017, 3:00 pm (UTC)

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At the end of the story, Bryon realizes that Mark is unable to tell right from wrong. Bryon has just returned from the hospital, where his girlfriend Cathy's brother M&M has been admitted while...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2009, 5:09 am (UTC)

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Bryon and Mark are both teenagers whose lives drastically change after a series of unfortunate, tragic events. At the beginning of the novel, Bryon and Mark are both carefree boys who have fun...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2016, 5:00 pm (UTC)

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At the beginning of the novel, Bryon is a bully who gets a kick out of hustling, fighting, and breaking the law. He also describes himself as a ladies' man who tells girls anything they want to...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2016, 2:52 pm (UTC)

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One particular theme can be Everyone faces coming of age, but each person handles it differently. In the story, Bryon changes from the beginning to end. At first, he cares only for himself and...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2010, 6:30 am (UTC)

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Angela and Cathy have completely different personalities and ways of dealing with other people, and both have learned everything they need to know about interactions with other people by their...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2017, 2:43 pm (UTC)

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M&M is described as an affable, sensitive adolescent who is very trusting and compassionate. He gets his name from constantly eating M&Ms, and Bryon mentions that he is a bit strange....

Latest answer posted March 13, 2018, 12:42 pm (UTC)

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Like most of Susan E. Hinton's novels, That Was Then, This is Now is set in Tulsa, Oklahoma (though, like Hinton's prior teen novel, The Outsiders, the city is never identified). It tells the story...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2009, 1:30 am (UTC)

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Throughout the novel, Bryon is characterized as intelligent and educated, while Mark is portrayed as being irresponsible. In Chapter 4, Bryon mentions that Mark goes to school simply because it is...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2016, 3:34 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 4, Bryon and Mark are reminiscing about playing as children and getting into trouble with their friends when they were young. Mark then asks Bryon if he ever gets the feeling that things...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2016, 5:39 pm (UTC)

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The main problem in the book That Was Then, This Is Now is the growing rift between Bryon and Mark, as Bryon begins to "grow up" while Mark does not. The two boys have been raised together since...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2009, 8:44 am (UTC)

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Like any good novel, S. E. Hinton's narrative in That Was Then, This Is Now is full of conflict. One that is especially prevalent is the conflict between M&M and his father, which encapsulates...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2019, 8:37 am (UTC)

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The exposition is going to be your introduction. It is going to give background info on main characters. In That Was Then, This Is Now the reader is introduced to Mark and Bryon. We learn that...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2015, 5:13 pm (UTC)

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Setting deals with the time and place that a story is taking place. That was Then, This is Now takes place in Oklahoma during the 1960's. That's a very broad stroke to describe the setting...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2016, 2:56 pm (UTC)

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That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. Hinton is a good representative of "coming of age" literature. "Coming of Age" literature usually shows the growth of at least one character moving from...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2012, 3:54 pm (UTC)

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After he finally "came down" from his bad LSD trip, M&M worried about having a flashback, which is a return of the hallucinations he experienced as a result of taking the drug. If a flashback...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2009, 7:36 am (UTC)

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You will want to re-read Chapter Seven of this great novel, as this chapter details the way in which Bryon changes thanks to his serious relationship with Cathy and the way in which he becomes much...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2011, 7:56 pm (UTC)

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After calling the police on Mark, Bryon's personality drastically changes. Bryon understands that he has possibility ruined his relationship with Mark and feels numb. He mentions that he goes...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2016, 5:09 pm (UTC)

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At the end of the novel, Bryon goes to visit Mark, who is in a reformatory. While Bryon is sitting across from Mark in a visiting room, Bryon says Mark looks hard and sinister. Bryon asks Mark how...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2016, 9:31 pm (UTC)

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In S.E. Hinton's follow-up to the classic of teen fiction The Outsiders, she writes a more mature story called That Was Then, This Is Now. This novel is about how teen friendship evolves. The lead...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2019, 3:11 am (UTC)

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Bryon Douglas: Liked by others, he is personable and has no problems picking up girls, although, he can be insecure. Because he is a hard worker and a deep thinker, he is a good student in school....

Latest answer posted December 5, 2018, 3:09 am (UTC)

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Rising action in the book That Was Then, This Is Now begin with the boys' encounter with hippie M&M during which Bryon and Mark save him from being beaten up, which leads to a thematic...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2010, 12:24 am (UTC)

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In S.E. Hinton's That was Then, This is Now, Bryon is forced to get a job in order to help pay for his mother's increasing hospital bill. He first tries to get a job at Charlie's bar and pool...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2016, 1:34 pm (UTC)

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You might find it helpful to think of one of the main threads of figurative language that runs through the entire novel, which concerns the description we are given of Mark and the way that he is...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2011, 7:32 pm (UTC)

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Mark lives with Byron and his mom because his own parents are dead. Byron "had been friends with Mark long before he came to live with (them)...(Mark) had lived down the street and it seemed...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2008, 1:14 pm (UTC)

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Angela Shepard is Bryon’s beautiful ex-girlfriend who is described as having a rotten personality. Angela is a very moody girl and Bryon mentions that their dates either ended in make-out sessions...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2016, 2:10 pm (UTC)

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S.E. Hinton's young adult novel That Was Then, This Is Now follows the friendship of Bryon Douglas and Mark Jennings, two boys who are brothers in spirit if not in blood. After Bryon's mother (who...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2016, 10:40 pm (UTC)

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In S. E. Hinton's novel, many memorable events take place; this answer will focus on the events that impact Bryon's changing attitudes towards his life and his previous self. When Bryon meets...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2019, 12:54 pm (UTC)

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Mark Jennings, Bryan Douglas's unofficial adoptive brother, has oddly golden-colored eyes and golden hair, and this unusual combination of physical features reminds Bryan of a lion. The comparison...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2019, 12:49 pm (UTC)

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Mark is on probation for car stealing, and has been sentenced to meet with his probation officer once a week during his lunch hour at school. The problem is, Mark has no way of getting downtown...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2009, 6:13 am (UTC)

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Bryon is a young man trying to find his way in the world. He likes being a kid, likes having fun and getting into adventures, but as he gets older he starts to understand the consequences of his...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2007, 11:17 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 2, Bryon and Mark are visiting their mother in the hospital, and she tells them to talk to the boy in next room because he seems lonely. Mark agrees to walk over and visit with the boy...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2016, 9:07 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 2, Bryon's mother is in the hospital. Bryon and Mark catch a ride from a hippie named Randy to the hospital. Bryon mentions that his mother was happy to see them even though she had many...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2016, 3:25 pm (UTC)

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Mark and Bryon's feeling about each other change throughout the novel. Throughout the majority of the novel, Bryon and Mark have a close relationship which is similar to that of brothers. Mark and...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2016, 4:49 pm (UTC)

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Connie has spent her whole life being victimized and abused by white people. As such, it's no exaggeration to say that she despises them. Her instinctive reaction to Mike's saving her from an...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2018, 9:34 am (UTC)

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That Was Then, This Is Now contains many themes that could be considered the "most significant" theme. Individual readers are going to see certain themes as more central than others. That makes the...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2017, 2:37 pm (UTC)

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This is a difficult thing to grasp because Mike does a good deed for Connie and is summarily repaid by a vicious beating. In all likelihood, because of Connie's learned fear of white men from...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2019, 12:39 am (UTC)

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On a very surface level the boys have the same mother—not the same biological mother, but the same mother who is raising them. Mark's parents killed each other in a drunken fight. Ever since...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2015, 2:58 pm (UTC)

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In the novel That Was Then, This Is Now, Charlie is a tough, local kid who owns his own bar where Bryon and Mark hang out and hustle people at billiards. Bryon respects Charlie because he is a...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2016, 9:35 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 3, Charlie allows Bryon to borrow his car to take Cathy Carlson to the school dance. After Mark ends up getting hit in the head with a bottle during a fight, Bryon rides with him to the...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2016, 12:14 pm (UTC)

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S.E. Hinton's novel That Was Then, This is Now shows the dynamics of life. It discusses the incredible bond between two friends, Bryon and Mark, when they were young boys growing up. This bond is...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019, 6:25 pm (UTC)

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Mark and Bryan hustle anyone they can to earn money while they hang out at Charlie's bar. One night, however, their attempts to fool other pool players for financial gain turn disastrous. Mark and...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2018, 1:25 pm (UTC)

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You can't ask for exact page numbers because most prints are different. As far as locating a simile or a metaphor in the book, Bryon is constantly comparing Mark to a lion using both similies and...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2009, 12:21 pm (UTC)

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Mark learns about his family background when he overhears a furious argument between his mother and his father. Mark, who is a young child at the time, is hiding "under the porch", and...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2008, 9:44 am (UTC)

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M&M is the quintessential hippie who is sensitive, has long hair, and promotes peace. In Chapter 3, Bryon goes over to M&M's house to pick up Cathy for a school dance. While Bryon is...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2016, 10:39 pm (UTC)

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Mike Chambers is the young gang member from a different neighborhood who is badly beaten by a group of black people. Mike stops to help a black girl who is being threatened by white teens and...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2009, 1:01 am (UTC)

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The answer to this question can be found if we examine the story that Mike tells Bryon earlier on in the chapter. He says how he was in a drugstore one night with a gang when a black woman entered...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2012, 1:17 pm (UTC)

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Bryon reflects that the first time his mom knew about Mark being hurt was when they visited her in hospital and she noticed the stitches in his head. She asks how he got them, and when he explains...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2021, 7:37 am (UTC)

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Byron's problem with Cathy stems from his growth and necessity to take responsibilty for his life. In the beginning, Byron loves Cathy and depends on her emotionally when his father-like best...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2009, 10:58 am (UTC)

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