10th October 2017

Reading response 1

  • Title: My Side Of The Mountian
  • Text type: Extended
  • Author: Jean George

My side of the mountian is a novel about a 15 year old boy named Sam Gribbly who intenstly dilikes living in his parents cramped New York appartment with his eight brothers and sisters. When he was young his dad often told him storys of his ancestors who sailed the seas, Sam longed for adventure and he soon learned of his grandfathers abandond farm up in the catskill mountians. Sam was fed up with the city, so he packed up a pen knife, a ball of string, a axe and forty dollars and ran away from home to find his grandfathers farm. When Sam arrived and found the “Gribbly farm” he set about making a shelter, exploring and finding food. Sam quickly learns how to live in the wild and become self suffiecent, we see an example of this when early on in the novel he uses his knowledge   and rememberd how Native Americans used fire to make dugout cannoes and he does this with a tree hollow to make a cosy home. Sam lives in this tree for the rest of his time on the farm, this makes me relise how any knowledge, even if you may not think its useful at the time when you learn it, is actully very helpful, and you’ll never know when it might come in handy. The tree that sam turned into his home was a significant part of the story, without it he may not have gotten through the brutal winter or have been able to stay undiscoverd for so long, all from one small peice of knowledge.

The story is built around independence and as the story goes from start to finish Sams independance and confidence grows, as the reader I see him developing and adapting to the wild. In the beginiging sam is unsure about his decision to leave home and often seconded guesses himself, hes alone and scared. As a 16 year old teenager I can relate to how sam was feeling in the begining of the novel, whilst i’m still living at home and going to school like the avergage teen, I dream of adventuring and exploring, of having my own independance to do what I like and challenge myself to see how far I can get on my own. However once I have indepenance I often get lonely and miss my parents being there for me and helping me out with simple things. In “My side of the mountian” Sam goes through this stage I described to start with, however once he is past that stage his indenpendance is unstopable. he quickly becomes confident in everything he does, he learns the tricks of the wilderness and matures rapidly, Sam regularly looks back on his younger self in the novel and talks about . We see this same thing happen in lord of the flies

QUOTE : “I knew how to make a fire… i also knew how to fish. To fish and make a fire. that was all i needed to know I thought.”

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