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Theme of the Short Story "A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune"


If you've ever felt like a misfit, the short story "A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune" is for you. Written by Chris Crutcher, this delightfully witty story places the reader inside the generous skin of Angus Bethune, a hilarious hero whose humor enables him to overcome even the most debilitating circumstances. In the end, the good guy wins.

The Theme of Self-Acceptance

Angus Bethune has a hard time fitting in. He's overweight, and both of his parents are gay. Being elected prom king as a joke and having a crush on a girl who he thinks is out of his league merely add to his difficulties. He must deal with endless bullying. Despite all of this, he manages to rise above, and finds self-acceptance -- and acceptance of his family -- despite knowing that there will always be some people whom he can never please. The message here is that accepting yourself with your faults and foibles can lead to a freedom that makes you feel as though there's a place for you in the world.

About the Author

Elise Wile has been a writer since 2003. Holding a master's degree in curriculum and Instruction, she has written training materials for three school districts. Her expertise includes mentoring, serving at-risk students and corporate training.

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