That Was Then, This Is Now by S. E. Hinton

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In That Was Then, This is Now, what does Mike and his story in Chapter 2 symbolize about the book?

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What the story of Mike helps to reinforce in this coming-of-age novel is the way that casual and meaningless violence permeates throughout the lives of Byron and Mark and their friends. Mike helps a black girl, saving her from a group of white males, only to take her back to her home and get beaten up by her black friends for his pains. This of course reminds the reader of...

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