What are Eddie's weaknesses and strengths in Chapters 5 and 6 of Buried Onions?

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Some of Eddie's weaknesses in Chapters 5 and 6 include:

  • He has a negative attitude towards school. He tells Coach, "It's stupid."
  • He takes ten dollars his nina has meant to give as a donation to the SPCA.
  • He wants to get out of Fresno, but is afraid to take the steps to do so. He is very hesitant when Coach tries to interest him in enlisting in the military. Although his reticence stems from his frustration with the limited options open to him, his slowness in acting might still be viewed as a weakness. It keeps him "going in circles."

Some of Eddie's strengths in these chapters include:

  • His desire "to sprint straight into the future."
  • He is helpful, willingly following Coach's directions to do the lines on the playing field, and driving his nina to the SPCA because she needs to have her dog put to sleep.
  • He is street smart, recognizing instantly that it was not wise of the newspapers to mention his name as a witness to the assault on Jose, because of the danger posed to himself.
  • He tries to avoid trouble, choosing to run from the little gangsters even though he knows he can beat them.
  • He has a strong moral conscience, feeling guilty about taking the money his nina meant to give to the SPCA, even though he did it because he had no other means of surviving.
  • He is realistic and discerning, recognizing that he must get away from his hometown in order to find a better life (Chapters 5 and 6).