Javier G?mez Mata
October 23th 1997
English first period
Stick to deliver dope for a coverup of a major shipment. Sargeant Brooks finds his boxing
talents in his arrest, then Brooks helps him out of jail to train him for the Amateur
Championship. During his way to the top, Brooks was shot by Stick, who also told the
goes for Stick in The Deuce and takes him to the authorities. Finally, he climbs his way
through boxing as a pro.
you who could be somebody if he tried. You ever stay with anything long enough to find
actions, but to find the unique gift God gave you and then develop it. Altough the main
helps him find his way, or as Jake called it, to be a Running Brave.
depicting in an internal conflict. Do I make the right decision that is going to help my life
mentally, morally and phyisically or do I just go along life like a mule. ?Mules?, said
Brooks.?The street word for delivery boys like you. Mule is a cross between a horse and a
may cost you very much for the rest of your life.
Having problems with your identity can be very desmoralising. It is a basic of life.
If you don?t remember where you came from you surely don?t know where you are
headed. At first, when Sonny Brave was just a half white, half indian, he was very pig
headed and confused of what was going to happen to him, of where he was headed. No
found an inner harmony that made him a Running Brave and a white warrior.
Robert Lipsyte?s style is really quite simple. He gets as much background
Brooks, an AfroAmerican that would like to really find out what he is good for so he goes
away from drugs and finding a refugee in boxing.
As I have discussed earlier, the theme of this novel is not only to know the right
way, but to follow it. The way Mr. Lipsyte puts it, is that no matter if you failed to follow
you can retake command of the ship and take it where it is most appropriate so that you
destroyed by taking our lifes through the pathway of drugs.
are not written in the book but the reader has to find them. Questions like, where is this
taking me to? How am I taking advantage of my own talent? What can I do to remind me
know if I take them lightly I might not end up confronting he who I fear the most, myself.
The Brave, Robert Lipsyte, The Trumpet Club, New York, 1993. 195 pgs.