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A Review of a Short Story in a Form of an Informal Letter to a Friend: The Bully by Roger Dean Kiser

Dear Bilja,

Thanks a lot for your letter. Sorry, I haven’t written for such a long time. I’ve been busy with school. It was wonderful to hear from you and to get all your news. I’m so happy to hear that you’re going to become an aunt.

 I’ve been thinking about that book you sent me and I must agree with you that it is an eye-opener. Also, a few days ago, I read a wonderful short story as an optional school reading and I’d like to share with you some of my thoughts on it.

 First of all, the story line is quite special. It’s a short story about a victim of bullying years later running into his old bully whose name is Tony, Tony the Bull. I find that the main hero is quite inspirational. That’s because Roger, the main protagonist, the narrator of the story and the victim of bullying learned to forgive and forget. Also, I think that what he experienced in his life made him a better person. However, I don’t find only the main hero inspirational. That’s because, I think, Tony, the bully, learned to stand up for what is right and he regretted what he did to Roger back in their high school.

 

Second, the plot of the short story is truly exciting because it begins when Roger sees Tony in a wheelchair. Third, I like what the events in the short story suggest about life. For instance, Tony thought Roger thought that, ‘What goes around comes around,’ but Roger had never come up with such an idea. That shows us how big a heart Roger does have. In addition, I think that all of us should be like Roger, to have such of heart full of love and forgiveness.

 Well, that’s all from me. Please write to me and let me know what you think about all this. I have to go now, because I’m going to be late for school. I can’t wait to read your reply. All in all, it’s a great book. Please give my best regards to your parents and write back soon.

 Lots of love,

 Ema.

 

 

EMILIJA LEKOVIĆ III1

 

Teacher’s Notes:

 Everyone who’s got extra time and good will, visit the following sites:

 1) Web Site by Roger Dean Kiser

http://www.rogerdeankiser.com/index.htm

 2) R. D. Kiser’s You Tube channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/rogerkiserauthor/videos

 3) The short film The Bully by Nicholas Delfino

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhHIY1CnO-o

 4) http://decijeselo.org.rs/

If anyone wishes to help children, they should visit this site about Children’s Village in Novi Sad. It is claimed that one should think globally and act locally, and that acts speak louder than words, and that ‘well-done is better than well said’.