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Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger-Online Book Summary



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PLOT STRUCTURE ANALYSIS

The author begins with a preface explaining why he moved to Odessa, Texas and follows that with a Prologue which places the reader at the end of s devastating loss to Midland Lee, Permianís arch rivals. Then, the story uses flashback to show how the season began and introduces.........



THEMES - THEME ANALYSIS


The impact of adultsí hopes and goals lived vicariously through their children

The theme of the impact of adultsí hopes and goals lived vicariously through their children is one of the most domineering of the book. The author is very astute in how he presents such people as Tony Chavez who loves how well his son plays but is more interested in him getting into Harvard. Tony, however, is a minority. Most of the parents are like Dale McDougal who lives for the wonder of watching her son under the Friday night lights. She sobs with........


Life isnít always fair

The theme of life isnít always fair is best reflected in two ways. First, we the example of Boobie Miles who is essence is a young man who has nothing if he doesnít have football. His uncle L.V. taught the boy all he knew about football as the child was growing up, instilling in him that he was Heisman trophy material. As a result, Boobie didnít know how to do anything else. His education was weak at best and there was nothing in his plans after high ..........


Racism

The theme of racism is a theme which must ultimately be reported by H. G. Bissinger, because it is so overwhelmingly surprising to him. He came to Odessa believing he was going to write a book that read like and resonated with his readers like the story told in Hoosiers. So when he discovers the viciousness of the racism that runs rampant through the town, he feels obligated to report it as part of the many problems Odessa faces which.........



The ability to analyze and judge oneself

The ability to analyze and judge oneself is another theme of importance, because the author comes to the realization of how much it is lacking in Odessa. The adults of the community, the ones especially who make the decisions about the economy and the school district, have no idea how they adversely impact their children and other people of the community. They are so obsessed with winning and state championships that they canít see.........


AUTHORíS STYLE

The authorís style is in the tone of a reporter writing an exposé, a story about a town, its problems, and what it lives for. He is realistic in presenting the highs and the lows of a boom and bust town which lives for Friday night high school football. He shows the people as.........


RISING ACTION

The rising action begins with chapter one when the author uses flashback to tell the story of the 1988 football season. He has already introduced the biggest game of the season in the Prologue and now begins with the pre-season. The rising action then progresses........


FALLING ACTION

The falling action involves the impact of the loss to Carter High School on the players and the community within the.......


POINT OF VIEW

The point of view is third person, but it is not omniscient. Because it is through the eyes of a reporter, it is based on his.........

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