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Topic: A Spark of Light, Jodi Picoult

The bright orange Centre for Women squatted on the corner of Juniper and Montfort.  This is a personification because buildings can't actually squat.  The Centre was used mainly for abortion.  Wren McElroy was now at the Centre with her Aunt Bex, she didn't want to tell her dad she wanted to go.  She now wished she didn't go.  She had never seen anyone dead until two hours ago.  Her friend, Olive was looking into her eyes shaking when all the sudden she fell onto the ground with a bang.  Her shirt was soaked with blood and her ribs and waist.  Her skin was pale and then faded to lavender.  She now wished she had told her father where she was going so that he could've talked her out of it.  She wasn't even sure what had happened to her Aunt Bex.  "You," said the man with the gun, "Get up".  Wren heard the hammer click and closed her eyes thinking of her father.  I would've been so scared if I was Wren, I wouldn't be able to function.  George was the name of gunman, he didn't want to end up like his father, crooked and dead, but it was too late now he had already killed Olive.

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Hugh McElroy was the hostage negotiator, and Wren's dad.  He had been talking to George on the phone for what seemed like hours telling him that if he let everyone go, things would end up alright.  George had already lost hope and hung up.  He pulled back the hammer on the gun and told the girl who had stabbed him in the hand to get up.  That girl was Wren.  He would use her to teach Hugh a lesson.  Cops were know posted along the buildings perimeter like a string of blue beads.  This is a simile because it is comparing the cops in their blue suits to a string of blue beads.  They were about to go in when all of the sudden the front doors burst open.  Two women were stepping outside.  They were Joy and Janine.  After them came Izzy pushing Dr. Ward in a wheelchair.  Wren was heading out when all the sudden George grabbed her by the hair and slammed the doors shut.  Wren was all alone with George, other than Olive and possibly Aunt Bex.  He was now sitting on the coach with his head implanted in his hands.  I feel bad for George, he never wanted this to happen and George was still holding the gun.  It winked at her.  This is personification because guns can't actually wink, it's giving the gun human characteristics.

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Janine was now was in a medical tent being checked by ETMs.  She looked around to try and find Joy but she was nowhere to be seen.  Janine was a pro life advocate, who was pretending to be a pregnant patient in order to gain information about the center.  She was against abortion.  She was now going to be taken back to the station for a statement.  Wren kept an eye on George as she sat cross-legged.  "Your daughter," Wren began, "Whats her name?"  George glanced up, "Shut your mouth," he said.  Wren began to scoot back until she felt something cold and rigid.  She knew exactly what it was, who it was, so she inched forward again.  Janine now sat across from the detective who began to question her until there was a knock on the door.  It was Allen.  Allen was the leader of the local Right to Life group.  He offered to drive her home, she needed rest.  On her way out she saw Joy in a questioning room.  She knocked and hesitantly walked in.  Janine and Joy agreed they would leave the station together.

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Wren's Aunt Bex came out of surgery and was now in intensive care.  Bex thought and felt like she was dead.  Izzy was also in the hospital and pregnant.  She was about to questioned when her husband, Parker, burst through the door.  I was so happy for them.  It was such a long day and knowing your wife and baby was okay would be so relieving.  Dr. Ward saw his past flash before his eyes as he laid in the hospital bed.  He saw his mom on the floor lying in a pool of blood.  This a hyperbole because it was really only a puddle of blood so they are exaggerating the point.

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All Beth had wanted was to get an abortion.  She was 17 and wasn't ready to be a mother.  It was soon going to be illegal for her to get an abortion and she didn't know what t do.  I feel bad for Beth because she never wanted this to happen and the father left her.  She is really struggling to pay for the abortion and finally decides to do it illegally.  She is now in court and will probably be sent to jail.  Hugh knocked on door of the Centre and the door swung open.  Wren was pulled back from the door and George held her with a gun to her head.  George shoved Wren forward as Hugh dropped his weapon and pulled Wren into a hug.  He told her to run the command centre.  Hugh began to talk to George but saw that his gun was pointed at Wren through a window.  Hugh froze.

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Captain Quant just figured out that Wren was one of the hostages and dismissed Hugh from the case.  Hugh refused to give up and was desperate to help Wren.  I can relate to Hugh because if I want something really bad I won't give up no matter what.  They began to fight and the book says that Hugh was drowning.  This a metaphor because it compares his emotions to feeling of drowning meaning that he isn't doing well.  Bex was in the hospital after being shot awhile ago.  She wondered if she was going to die and I did too.  Bex began to smile as the anaesthesia took effect thinking about Hugh.

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When Janine was a young child she knew that a baby was a baby the moment it was conceived, it was a person in progress.  She believed it wasn't the child's fault that they were pregnant so why should they have to pay for their life.  I agree with Janine's points even though lots of people though it was ridiculous.  When Janine was little her parents were going to have a baby that was going to have down syndrome.  The doctor advised them to terminate the pregnancy but they didn't.  Janine was so thankful for this because she had never known anyone that made her laugh like Ben, her new brother.  He was all that Janine needed.  She wished she could've stopped Joy from getting an abortion but it was too late now.  I felt sorrow for Joy because she never really wanted to get an abortion but she didn't have any financial stability to support her and her baby.  I think that she at least could've had the baby and put it up for adoption.

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Izzy, a nurse, tried to keep Olive from bleeding to death.  She had been shot close to the heart and Izzy wasn't sure if she would make it.  Dr. Louie Ward became an abortion doctor even though he knew the risks, some abortion doctors wore bullet proof vests.  The way Dr. Ward saw it was if he did that the pro-life people had won.  He states that every morning he to run the gauntlet of protesters.  This is actually saying that on his way to work it could be challenging as the pro-life people would yell at him.  One morning a white man was taunting him.  He was making remarks on his skin tone and the fact that he was an abortion doctor.  The man would do this almost every day until Louie stepped up and said, "What part of me is most upsetting to you, the fact that I am African American?  Or the fact that I perform abortions?"  The man replied with, "The abortions".  If I was Louie I would be super offended because he was using his race to get his attention for something else.  I realise now that this book goes backwards in time.  For example, at the start of the book Olive is dead but now she is fighting for survival.

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Izzy tried so hard to save Olive's life but it was too late.  She put a cotton drape the dead body.  Izzy now tended Dr. Ward's leg and they talked about her pregnancy.  She was now twelve weeks along.  I find it ironic how an abortion nurse is pregnant.  After Joy became pregnant her partner left her for his wife.  She had not been told he had a wife and was very frustrated.  Without Joe's help she couldn't raise a baby so she worked extra hard to get the money for an abortion.  She sold many belongings such as her laptop.  Getting the money for the abortion but for Joy making the decision to get an abortion was harder.  I feel bad for what Joy had to go through.  When she was little she had to go in foster care.  Now she was poor and trying not end up like her mom

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When the SWAT team arrived they wanted to go in immediately but Hugh said to give George more time.  George burst the door of the closet open.  The one where Olive and Wren were hiding.  He dragged Wren out and threw her with everyone else in the waiting room.  Wren looked around and saw many faces but she couldn't see her Aunt.  She felt tears spring to her eyes.  This a personification because tears can't really spring, or jump, into your eyes.  George demanded Izzy to wrap up Wren's hands with tape.  While she was wrapping her hands Wren asked about her Aunt Bex and Izzy told her she was let out.  Knowing my Aunt was safe would've took a lot of weight off of my shoulders, which is how Wren felt.  The shooter now was dragging Olive out of the closet  and everything was silent.

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All the sudden George began screaming at Izzy.  She had told George that the closet had been empty, which she knew was a lie.  Olive introduced herself to George and thought of a plan.  Olive was in her sixties and very wise.  Wren started bawling and then George reached out to her and said, “Don’t cry”.  Wren let out a deafening scream and replied, “Don’t touch me”.  Wren kept yelping in what seemed like a pattern.  She did this because her phone was buzzing from inside her sock.  I think this is really smart of her so that George doesn’t find out about her phone.  When George turned away Olive reached down and turned her phone off as Wren quieted down.

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Hugh called George and said something very risky.  He told him that his daughter wanted to talk to him.  The reason George at the clinic was because of his daughter but no one knew why.  The moment Hugh had said that his daughter wanted to talk to him George became paralyzed inside and out.   This is a hyperbole because its exaggerating the fact that he froze up to saying he was paralyzed.  Snapping out it George answered, "What about her?".  Switching the conversation to hostages Izzy thought that maybe the daughter could convince George to let them go.  I feel hope for the hostages that they get out and no one else gets hurt.  George snapped all of the sudden and accused Hugh of lying because his daughter, Lil, wasn't there.  Hugh tried to calm him by asking about her and George hung up saying he had to go.

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Hugh wanted to cut communication.  No TV signal, or Wi-Fi.  They would cut off phone lines except the one that connected him to George.  He couldn't risk George seeing something on TV that would send him over the edge.  I think this is a smart, well thought out plan, yes there are risks but it could keep George more calm.  Hugh said it would make clinic an island.  This is a metaphor because it's stating the clinic is something, being the island, isolated from outside influences.  George threw a lamp at the wall and pieces of it flew into Olives temple causing her to bleed slightly.  They had to get out of there, George was starting to lose it.  Olive had a plan.

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Olive stated that she had to go washroom and since she is, everyone else should, just to get it out of the way.  George aggressively grabbed Olive by the arm dragging her to the washroom.  There was a sharpie in the washroom and she began to write on the toilet paper.  She wrote that they needed a plan and ideas.  Leaving the washroom Olive smiled at George as he threw Joy next.  She was unrolled the message and began to write a plan.  She thought that they could jump him.  It was risky but worth a shot.  It was Janine's turn and she wrote down that they could trip him and then go for the gun.  Wren was about to go but had to have her hands untapped so George unraveled it.  Wren read all the messages then walked out only to have her hands taped back up.  While Izzy was on her way to the washroom she handed Wren a blade that she could cut the tape with.  Now that they all went to the washroom besides Dr. Ward they all knew the plan.  Now it was time to execute it.  I think this is a very risky move but it could pay off if they do it right.

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George was absolutely out of control.  He was murmuring sentences to himself and then stomped on Dr. Wards injured leg causing him to scream.  Izzy tended to him and tried to take his mind off of it.  She told him to think about a nice beach  he could take a trip to.  She emphasized the word trip.  Joy pretended like her stomach hurt and when George began to walk towards her Janine stuck out her foot and tripped him.  Wren leaped off of the coach and was airborne.  She didn't get her hands untied so she still had the blade between them and when she reached for the gun so did George and so she raised both of her hands and slammed them down into George's hands and he yelped snatching the gun.  He pulled back the trigger and Wren closed her eyes wondering how it would feel.  Before she could experience it Olive Lemay threw herself in front of the bullet.  If I was Wren I would be speechless.

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Izzy was wheeling Bex outside when she realized she could run outside.  Escape George.  I can relate to Izzy because at times I am so close to something but end up not being able to do it.  Hugh held out his hand for Izzy but she let go of the wheelchair and ran back inside thinking of Dr. Ward inside bleeding on the floor.  Hugh ran toward his sister and her eyes welled up with tears.  Before Hugh got to Bex she was taken away by the ambulance. Izzy bent over Dr. Ward and took a look at his leg.  She tied a new bandage around it and looked at Janine who was still unconscious on the floor from being hit across the head with a gun.

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Hugh called George and told him that it was very kind and thoughtful of him to release someone who needed so much medical attention.  He also said that they could work well together.  George wasn't taking any of it.  Hugh then asked if there was anyone else who needed medical attention but George wasn't letting anyone else out.  All of the sudden the line went dead.  If I was Hugh I would be aggravated because he was trying to help George out of the situation but he kept turning down opportunities.  A detective handed Hugh the phone and it was George's old Pastor.  He asked him questions about George, thanked him, and hung up

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Janine woke up for the first time after being hit.  She saw Joy staring down at her while she took care of her.  Janine had started to remember what had happen as she saw her wig a few feet away from her.  "You must hate me," Janine said.  "So you didn't just say that stuff to get of here?  You're really anti-choice?"  Joy replied.  Quickly Janine corrected her, "Pro-life".  Joy and Janine began to argue about abortion and human rights.  If I was there I would've felt really uncomfortable and scared because at any time the shooter could become enraged and just shoot them.

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Joy grew up very rough.  She had a cassette player and one cassette.  Every night she would listen to Reelin' in the Years because it blocked out the other sounds in her house.  It blocked out the shouting, crying, and screaming.  This is when she would turn up the volume.  Joy's mom would make up stories as to why she woke up with bruises but Joy knew they weren't true.  She never had a real dad.  Men would come and go some staying longer than others.  One night when her cassette ran out of batteries she heard screaming then all of the sudden silence.  She crept into the kitchen to find hands wrapped around her mothers neck.  Without thinking Joy grabbed a knife and plunged it into the man's back.  The next day Joy was taken to a foster home.  I could never imagine what it would feel like to be Joy.  I feel so bad for her that she had to experience what she did at such a young age.

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George began to think about life and death.  He thought of a moment when he was little.  It was a beautiful fall day and while he was on a walk he found a little bird.  It was some kind of sparrow that broke its wing.  George brought the bird home and lined a cigar box with kleenex.  This would be its home.  He would bring the little bird water, leaves, and grubs.  I relate to George because when I was little I would always find little bugs and bring them inside.  I would make them a home and feed them leaves until my mom made me free them.  After a while, George noticed that the bird wasn’t getting any better so he decided to bring it to his dad.  His dad gently picked up the bird, stroked it on the head, then snapped its neck.  When I read this I wanted to cry, George didn’t stop crying for hours.  I was disgusted and felt so bad for George.  What father would do such a thing?

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Hugh was trying to figure out if Lil, George’s son, ever existed.  He found absolutely no trace of her.  No enrollment in school, no speeding tickets, no anything.  Finally, he came upon a picture of her in the newspaper from a long time ago.  She was an angel in a Christmas pageant.  Hugh began to think that out of anger George killed and buried her.  Hugh called George again and told him he could send a message to Lil, so she knows what’s happening.  He also said that maybe she come and they could talk in person.  All George needed to do was keep all the hostages safe.  George completely ignored him and said he wished he could turn back time.  Sometimes I wish I could turn back time to fix mistakes I’ve made in the past.  I haven’t made big ones big mistakes like George has made, but I’ve still made mistakes.

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There was a sneeze that came from the closet and in order to try and cover it up, Izzy began to rapidly sneeze.  If George found them not only would Olive and Wren’s life be in danger, but George would know that Izzy had lied to him about no one being in the closet.  George suspiciously walked over to the closet yanking the door open.  George was yelling and Hugh heard Wren say, “ No, no, no, don’t ”.  I could imagine how scared Hugh would have been knowing his daughter wasn’t safe in the closet anymore.  Even I was scared and I don’t have as deep as a connection with Wren that Hugh would have.

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George never thought he would end up here, but now here he was.  The hostages were puppets and their strings were made of terror.  This is a metaphor because it’s stating that the hostages are George’s puppets and he controlled them.  Wren was in the closet with Olive and she hugged her knees to her chest.  If I was Wren I would regret my decision to come to the center.  She had only birth control and I think she could’ve at least told her dad.  If I was her Aunt Bex I would feel like I was the one to blame for getting Wren into this mess because she agreed to take her without telling Hugh.

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Bex had been shot and was losing a lot of blood.  She found it very hard to breathe and Izzy was having a hard time helping her with the tools she had.  Turning to George she asked if she could go grab supplies.  George stared at her, grabbed Joy putting the gun to her head.  He told Izzy she had ten seconds to grab what she needed or else Joy and herself would die.  Izzy ran to get supplies like her life depended on it.  This is kind of ironic because her life really did depend on it as well as Joy’s.  All of the sudden Izzy came running out of a room with a ton of supplies.  I was so relieved when this happened because I was really scared she wasn’t going to make it.  The shooter dropped Joy and she fell trembling as Izzy began to treat Bex.

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Janine began helping Izzy perform surgery on Bex, but then it hit her.  Janine stood up and grabbed onto the wall for support looking as though she was about to faint.  She walked up to George and said, “Sir, excuse me, but I don’t belong here”.  George looked at her aimlessly and she continued explaining how she thought abortion was a sin as she took her wig off.  The shooter told her to stop talking and she was about to continue until she saw him lift up his weapon and everything went black.  To me, what Janine did was quite selfish.  She was only thinking of herself and how to get out and not how to help everyone else.  She chose to go in undercover which isn’t right at all and then she completely betrays everyone after gaining their trust.  Everyone just looked at Janine not making any effort to help her.  I don't think I would if I was them either.  What she did was extremely wrong and I think she should've put more thought into what she said.