Mercy Among The Children

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Mercy Among The Children by Mind Map: Mercy Among The Children

1. Voice

1.1. 1.Roy was fired from the mill McVicer owned for following direct orders from his boss.

1.2. 2."He saw her as beautiful, but simply a woman, whose breath when she kissed him smelled of the radish she had been eating." I agree with this quote in saying that love is more than just beauty. It shows that love is about who the person is not what they look like. (31)

1.3. 3.'Back then harsh physical labour seemed the only thing generations of Canadian men like my Grandfather considered work." This relates to The Antagonis in the way that the main characters older generations are Canadian and have the same mental mindset. (12)

1.4. 4."The group that says that in man's gear is the only truth that matters. "(34) I am a part of this group what I believe in is peoples Intentions.

1.5. 5. "MY greater plan is how to get the smelts and give them away and someday it will turn around." Sydney believes in karma and so do I, but I believe in standing up for yourself too. I believe more important than karma is your family and the well being of your children and Sydney fails to stand up for his children and wife for what they deserve.

1.6. 6. Deidre is the nun that raised Elly in Catholicism. She is a part of a religion that I disagree with, especially when Deidre tried to make Elly a nun when she wanted other things in life. Deidre tried to make Elly marry David scone because of his money and religious views which I disagree with a lot.

1.7. 7.I don't agree with Lyle treating his father like complete crap just because he didn't stand up to some of his problems, he allowed them to resolve themselves. I'm all about keeping the peace, so I think Sydney is right in some cases, I just think for Lyle to keep himself in the right, he has to treat his father right. He is so rude to his dad because of his vow with God to never hurt another person, but he himself is guilty because his Dad is just being nice and he's being mean.

2. Reminder

2.1. 1."My grandfather Roy Henderson would ask Dad why people would act in a movie if they know they were going to be shot?" This reminds me of myself when i was young or my grandfather . Not knowing any better was a part of childhood.

2.2. 2.Lyles mom reminds me of my girlfriend Hannah in the sense that she is quiet and frail.

2.3. 3."He saw her as beautiful, but simply a woman, whose breath when she kissed him smelled of the radish she had been eating." This reminds me of my girlfriend Hannah and how I fell about her.

2.4. 4."she had many rituals to keep herself safe, because she felt anyone could do hurt me and take her away, she therefore went to church every day, praying to God , and hoped for miracles to find her siblings and parents" This tells us that Elly was a foster child, also that she is a Christian. This is nothing but a reminder of Rank from the Antagonist's mother whom was Christian and frail.

2.5. 5. Lyles parents were considered a mismatch in their time but I believe when looking on that earlier post war era, the stereotypical parents from that time period consist of a hard-ass dad and an angel Christian mother. Everyone around Sydney and Elly tried to tear them apart but they loved each other and they wouldn't let it happen, this reminds me of my girlfriend and I and how we fight against others wishes to be together.

2.6. 6. Lyle wanting revenge on the man who hurt his dad reminds me of myself when my dad had a heart attack. I was focused on killing the thing that hurt my father, unhealthy diet. just like Lyle with Mat Pit.

3. Puzzle Piece

3.1. 1. Terrieux is a retired police officer having a conversation with Lyle Henderson, another police officer who is retired. These officers are talking about the man who ruined Terrieux and his policing career. This mans name is Matt Pitt. (Prologue)

3.2. 2. Terrieux had a wife who he was divorced from because of Matt Pitt Terrieux's problematic criminal that he couldn't catch. This led to Terrieux quitting his job as a police officer. He lost his wife and she was remarried in the next few years, Terrieux is sad about this. (Prologue)

3.3. 3.Roy Henderson, Lyles Grandpa was a hard working man. He was loyal to his boss Leo McVicer ; however, when Roy was instructed to take a few business partners fishing, he and the business men got charged with poaching because the fishing they were doing was out of season.(6)

3.4. 4.Roy was fired from the mill McVicer owned for following direct orders from his boss. Mat Pit set fire to the woods with ulterior motives. Roy was then pinned for the inferno because he was the only person with any motivation to do such a thing. (8)

3.5. 5."she had many rituals to keep herself safe, because she felt anyone could do hurt me and take her away, she therefore went to church every day, praying to God , and hoped for miracles to find her siblings and parents" This tells us that Elly was a foster child, also that she is a Christian. This is nothing but a reminder of Rank from the Antagonist's mother whom was Christian and frail.

3.6. 6.Lyles father pushed a child named Connie Devlin off the roof of a church at when they were young. He vowed to never do anyone wrong ever again.

3.7. 7.Mat pit is Elly's nephew, he was also trying to get with her, however Mat had competition, Lyles father. One night Mat drugged Sydney so that he would blow his chances with Elly when all it did was make him passionate enough to propose to her. (35)

3.8. 8.Lyle Henderson the narrator in the book was born in January 1970, a year later his albino sister was born.

3.9. 9.Lyles father couldn't find work in the 70's so he went smelt fishing ever winter. "everything went fairly well until the winter my father was accused of stealing a box of smelts. (pg. 45)

3.10. 10.Lyle is showing me (the reader) the faults in his father up to this point in the book. He is showing the reader how his fathers "belief that if he did no harm, harm couldn't be done to him" ruined his life. His father, much like Gord from the Antagonist was mistreated because of the way he was raised, to be indefinitely loyal without any education on whom he should be loyal to. This lack of education led to poor life styles for many family men.(pg. 51)

3.11. 11.Mat Pit has become the bad guy, the antagonist of this story. He has such strong feelings about Sydney Henderson and his lack of education and how he lost Elly to Sydney that he took it upon himself to ruin his life. Mat Pit pinned Sydney for burning the forest at his old work, killing a retarded teen, and stealing 500$ and a box of smelts; all of which have caused serious issues for Lyle Sydney and Elly.

3.12. 12. Lyle had a little brother born and he died the same time his dad died leaving Lyle to solve all of these problems himself. Lyle takes it upon himself to

3.13. 13. This pact did not sit well with Lyle. He always found it hard to fully comprehend how his father, with only good intentions in mind, had ruined his family. Although Lyle was only a young boy, he decided that if his father was not going to step up and help the family, he would. His goal was "to protect [his] family, by any means" (pg. 191). Lyle, fulled with vengeance, began to exact his revenge, dedicating his life to the pursuit of Mathew Pit.

3.14. 14. The chase went to Halifax, where "walking along one night, to [his] great comfort [Lyle] saw him" (pg. 404). Revenge did come, but in a way Lyle was not expecting. He once again caught up with Mathew in Saint John. It was then Lyle realized he "couldn't kill him" (pg. 410). Mathew had bone cancer and "he would go to the hospital and be treated for the pain. "But not the real pain," (pg. 412). The pain that Mathew felt was instead guilt for what he had done. And Lyle, searching for a way to exact his revenge, realized that his father was right. Mathew Pit's actions had lead to his destruction.

3.15. 15. Tabusintac is a place in New Brunswick.

4. Character Development

4.1. 1. "Terrieux had retired as a police officer years ago, to join the Canadian navy - He was heavy-set and strong enough that neither the work nor the rough life bothered him"(Prologue pg. 1-2)Terrieux is a retired police officer.

4.2. 2."It was the sad look of a woman of forty-nine who had in her life dreams unfulfilled, and would blame forever her first love for this."(Prologue Pg. 2) Terrieux's ex-wife is mad at him for always being away and left her dreams unfulfilled. This led to his wife getting remarried.

4.3. 3."In a jean jacket, with his hair combed back his eyes like burning beads" (Prologue) This quote described Mat Pit, The man who's introduced as the "scuzz" in the story, the enemy of Terrieux. Terrieux took him to court twice, losing both times, leading to his suspension and quitting the force.

4.4. 4."His name was Lyle Henderson... He was about twenty-five, dressed in a white winter coat, blue sports jacket and a pair of blue dress pants" (Prologue pg. 1)

4.5. 5.Lyle Hendersons moms name was Elly, she was an orphan raised by distant relatives, Gordon Brown, originally from Charlo. (pg. 20) She had siblings she never met, and this had a profound effect on her.

4.6. 6. David Scone was in pursuit of Elly, trying to convince her to take his love not Sydney's. "David scone had black hair that curled over his ears. He was tall and thin, his arms were thin and weak looking. His black silky beard covered his pale white face." Elly did not appreciate his look, she truly did not like the way he looked at her.

4.7. 7. Deidre is the nun that raised Elly in Catholicism. She is a part of a religion that I disagree with, especially when Deidre tried to make Elly a nun when she wanted other things in life. Deidre tried to make Elly marry David scone because of his money and religious views which I disagree with a lot.

4.8. 8.Leo Mcvicer is the definition of Bourgeoisie when reviewing this book from a Marxist perspective. Leo can do anything he wants, he has the money and the land to push anyone he wants around whenever he wants. This reminds me of the McLaughlin's in Tillsonburg. The money and power that he had led to him making ridiculous choices, like firing Sydney's father Roy, for simply following his orders. People like Leo allow power to go to their heads, and they abuse everyone around them as if they do not have the same rights and worth as him.

4.9. 9.The loss of Lyles little brother led Lyle to even more extreme frustration, the loss of his brother led to his anger being directed at Mat Pit where it deserved to be placed, instead of his father. At the same time he found out his dad had died which left him in a state of complete shock. Lyle had just figured out that what happened in his life wasn't totally his fathers fault and if he actually knew the situations well enough he would know that its Mat Pit to blame. Now that his father died he can't ever have peace knowing he apologized for putting the weight of these unfortunate events on his fathers conscious.

5. I Wonder?

5.1. 1."Terrieux said, smiling cautiously, and glancing at the boys belt for a weapon while deciding which chair to thrust at the boys head if required." I wonder what Lyle is asking Terrieux and why Terrieux responds so viciously to it. (pg.4)

5.2. 2.."if on that night long ago when he fell through thw ice - on the east side of Aaron Brooke pool a lace I have lain my coyote traps- and shot a bull mose with a 19 point rack - you let him sink" I wonder who let who sink (pg.5)

5.3. 3.I wonder why Terrieux even cared to hear Lyle Henderson's story? (pg. 7)

5.4. 4.I wonder what white clapboards are? (pg.1)

5.5. 5.I wonder what a moosebird is? (pg. 38)

5.6. 6.I wonder what Tabusintac means?

5.7. 7.I wonder why Lyle doesn't realize that his dad has reason for the choices he makes? he doesn't take the time to look at it through his fathers perspective because he is focused on all of the bad things that have happened to him

5.8. 8.I wonder why Leo Mcvicer still fired Roy Henderson even though what happened wasn't his fault and Leo is smart enough to know that?

5.9. 9.I wonder why Mat Pit couldn't do anything nice for anyone, what happened in Mathew Pits life that made him such a bad person? Just like Mick Croft, Pit has nothing better to do than bug good people when they just want to be left alone. People like this become the center of attention, especially in the two books I read. Mat pit and Mick Croft are the real story in my two novels. These two characters both managed to center the books around themselves and the evil deeds they did. If it weren't for Mat Pit and Mick Croft, neither Lyle or Gordon Rankin would have had a story worth telling. These "bad guys" make the story the frustrating emotional stories they are.

6. Camera

6.1. 1."The stumps was a tract of land in Northeastern New Brunswick along the great Miramichi River ... part of the vast and stunted spruce and brilliant coloured hardwood that shadowed the salmon teeming river, as it widened into the Mirimichi bay." (Prologue Pg. 3) Very descriptive for the fist scenery in the book, I could easily visualize this.

6.2. 2."The small catholic churches here are all the same white clapboard drenched with snow or blistering under a northern sun"(pg. 11) I can picture the white sided church at the top of a small prarie looking town, an almost instant reminder of The Antagonist's setting.

6.3. 3.I can vision the forest fire at Mcvicer's Mill. I can also imagine Mathew pits face when the forest started to burn.

6.4. I can vision frail little Elly and her Chrtistian vibe.

6.5. I can imagine Sydney working his ass of to pay back something that he didn't do.

6.6. I can imagine the look on Elly Henderson's face when she realized she lost her son and her husband in one tragic day.

6.7. I can imagine the look of frustration on McVicers face when he heard that his woods burned down.

6.8. I can imagine frail old Mat Pit suffering as much as he deserved to suffer.