Summer of the Monkeys: Jay Berry and His Conflicts


Topic: Jay Berry

Purpose: To identify the nature of the force of the conflict which Jay
Berry encounters, and indicate how they help or hinder Jay Berry the protagonist
in Wilson Rawls novel Summer of the Monkeys

Thesis: Before Jay Berry succeeds his goal he encounters many conflicts
that both hinder and help him through his amazing adventure.

I. Inner Forces
A. Help- personality traits
1. Determination
2. Confidence

II. B. Hinder
1. Fear
2. Over confidence

III. Outer Forces
A. Help- other people
1. Grandpa
2. Old Rowdy

IV. B. Hinder
1. Monkeys
2. Environment

"It is every boys dream to own a pony and a .22" those were the exact words
that motivated Jay Berry to realize his goal of catching Jimbo and the rest of
the escaped circus monkeys. In Wilson Rawls novel Summer of the Monkeys Jay
Berry Lee encounters many obstacles in his way of succeeding his goal. Before
Jay Berry succeeds his goal, he encounters many conflicts that both hinder and
help him through his amazing journey.

The first inner force that helps Jay Berry along his journey is his
incredible determination. Jay Berry displays his determination many times
throughout the novel. For Jay Berry to succeed his goals of bringing the
highly intelligent circus monkeys home he has to have a great deal of
determination. He shows an example of this when he fails to succeed his first
few times out, but he never gives up, and has the same motivation the next time
he tries to catch the monkeys. Another inner force that helps him on his way
is his confidence. For anybody to achieve a certain goal they have to feel
confident about what they are trying to achieve. Jay Berry is always confident
about his new scheme to catch those extraordinary circus monkeys. Jay Berry
displays this when his Grandfather comes up with another brilliant idea, and he
is so confident that he will catch the monkeys with the latest plot on catching
the monkeys. It is very important to have confidence and to feel good about
what you are doing, and Jay Berry is one of those confident people who never
let a minor setback bring them down.

Everyone has many goals they set for them selves, and for every goal
that is made, there is always an inner forces that hinder you along your
journey. Two of the inner forces that hinder Jay Berry is his fear of the
monkeys and over confidence. There is not one person in the world who does
not have a fear of something, whether it may be a fear of heights or snakes.
After that incident with Jay Berry, Old Rowdy and the monkeys where the monkeys
took it to Jay Berry and Rowdy, Jay Berry has developed a certain fear of the
monkeys. This particular fear of the monkeys hinders Jay Berry slightly
because of the monkeys “leader” Jimbo. Jimbo is an intimidating monkey who
enjoys making a fool out of Jay Berry, Jay Berry is reluctant to get to close
to Jimbo because he does not want to be made a fool of by some monkeys. The
second inner force that hindered Jay Berry is his over confidence, one may not
think too much confidence is a bad thing but it could turn out to be
disastrous. Since Jay Berry has a great deal of confidence in catching the
monkeys, it is easy for him to get too cocky. An example of this is when Jay
Berry sees the monkeys drinking the alcohol and he does not think to much of it.
Then in inedible happened, he got drunk off the alcohol and yet again gets made
a fool by Jimbo. These are two examples that hindered Jay Berry throughout the
novel and it is also a problem for many people to deal with.

Everyone has outer forces that help them to succeed their goals and
these are some of the many that helped Jay Berry. One of the most important
outer forces that helped Jay Berry through his adventure was his Grandpa. He
was always the one that Jay Berry can talk to when he needs help with his
monkey catching, and like most Grandpa\'s he said all of the right things.
Another significant thing that his Grandpa did for him was make him decide to
give up his dreams and pay for daisy\'s crippled leg. Another outer force that
Jay Berry could depend upon was his trusty dog Old Rowdy. Of course Old Rowdy
can\'t speak but Jay Berry felt that Rowdy could really