Tiger Eyes Essay, Research Paper
The title of the piece of literature I chose to read was Tiger Eyes,
by Judy Blume. This book contained 205 pages. My choice for
reading this book was that I enjoyed reading many of her works
when I was younger. She always had a way of relating well with
the younger generations, which draws me to her books quite
The main protagonist in Tiger Eyes was Davey Wexler,
a 15 year old girl from Atlantic City. Davey?s headstrong ways
and her beautiful heroicness gave her a unique individuality
which grew through out the book. Another main character in
this story was Wolf, a young man who enjoyed rock climbing.
His unique ways also gave him an almost mystical heir which
fascinated Davey. The last main character in this novel was
Gwendolyn Wexler, Davey?s mother. Her extreme love and
support for Davey through out the novel was her main role.
In Atlantic City, on a hot summer night, Adam Wexler
was the victim in a hold up of his 7-Eleven store. He was shot
several time in the chest. The assailant was never found. Davey
Wexler was there to experience it all, holding her dying father in
her arms, helpless and frightened. These are the memories that
faced Davey every day. Giving the family time to recover,
Davey, her mother, and her younger brother visited her father?s
sister in Los Alamos, New Mexico. While there Davey met Wolf,
an adventurous rock climber, and many other new friends.
With their help Davey is able to overcome the fear and despair
she had encountered from her father?s death and was able to
see the world again as someplace where good adventures
My father?s death was the most horrifying experience
of my life. As he laid in my arms, bleeding and still hanging on
to life, there was nothing I could do to save him. After the
funeral, all I could do was sleep. I did not want to open my
eyes, for fear would consume all of me. I was so afraid of
everything that I slept with a bread knife under my pillow for
protection. When we arrived in New Mexico, it was still hard to
deal with it all. Although my mother encouraged me to try and
explore, I was still upset and extremely angry. Then, meeting
Wolf gave me a new hope and realization of it all. He showed
me that life was a true adventure and that living it to its full
potential was the best way to live. I know what I felt for him
was not love, but a strong connection between the
experiences that we had endured. His father was,
unfortunately, dying of cancer. The support that we gave each
other made us stronger and more able to face the world each
day. If it was not for Wolf, along with Reuben and Jane, I would
not be able to experience life without fear.
Tiger Eyes was an extremely realistic novel, with
characters which you could almost transform yourself into.
Through out the story, each character metamorphousized into
a stronger, courageous, more capable being. It is those
transformations which give the book its wonderful, and almost
haunting actuality. This is one of my all time favorite novels.
Each time I read it the experience is new, different, and better
than that of the first.