Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

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What adjectives are used to describe Peter's feelings in Chapter 8 of Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing?

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Author Judy Blume uses Chapter 8 of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing to describe Peter as having felt crestfallen and jealous of Fudge when Fudge was chosen to do the Toddle-Bike commercial. She even describes him as feeling used when he becomes part of a ploy to trick Fudge into riding the bike for the camera when Fudge refuses.

A first adjective Blume uses to describe Peter's feelings in this chapter is excited. When Mr. Vincent, president of the Toddle-Bike company sees Fudge and Peter walk into the room and exclaims he sees the kid he wants in the commercial, Peter thinks Mr. Vincent is speaking of him and reflects on his feelings of excitement:

I got excited. I could just see myself on TV riding the Toddle-Bile. All my friends would turn on their sets and say, "Hey, look! There's Peter!" (p. 55)

A second adjective Blume uses to describe Peter's feelings is plain. In his state of disappointment and jealousy, Peter begins comparing himself to Fudge and feeling inferior, or plain in comparison. His inferiority is especially expressed in his thought to himself that reflects the title of the book:

It was settled. Soon Fudge would be a famous television star and I would be plain old Peter Hatcher--fourth grade nothing. (p. 57)

In general, this chapter helps characterize Peter as an older brother struggling with his feelings of jealousy and disappointment because his younger brother is claiming all of the attention, simply because he is a troublemaker.

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