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Essay on P'tang Yang Kipperbang by Jack Rosenthal

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"P'tang Yang Kipperbang" by Jack Rosenthal Works Cited Not Included Alan is a 14 year-old adolescent. He is a normal teenager, exceedingly self-conscious, has strong sexual interests and desires and thinks he's fat and ugly, therefore starves himself. Alan is the greatest anti-hero. A traditional hero is loved and envied by all, is good at what he does, popular, superhuman in terms of standing and good looks, that saves and helps the destitute, a person who people look up to. What's more, Alan is ugly, abandoned by all, a nobody, the very ostracized individual in the faculty. People feel sorry for him and pity him, he's continuously late to college, as he misses the bus and has to run to school (scenes 4-5), lazy, unsystematic and neglectful (scene 3), weak, gauche, socially and physically awkward. He can only share his private thoughts about women and Ann specifically to God, who he asks each morning, "Only 1 kiss. One'll do." (Scene 2) Additionally, he's an idealist, a daydreamer, always speaking to Tommy about world problems, that the United Nations (spectacle 14) and winning world peace. He's obsessed with Ann, particularly her lips, and kissing her, but maybe not performing 'the other matters' to her. He is also very enthusiastic about cricket; this is his life playing and dreaming about it in daily circumstances. He has very strong sexual desire, but as his buddies talk publicly about it (Shaz and Abbo), he simply can not bring himself to talk about 'the other matters'. Shaz: "Some do. Some charge eight . The blondes." Abbo: "For the lot?" Shaz: "The whole hog. Everything. Completely bare. They won't kiss, though. That's an unwritten rule." Alan: "They won't kiss?" (Scene 31) Alan: " meaning that, from now on,...

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