In the subtext of his novel Unwind's plot, Neal Shusterman addresses real-world issues, including runaway children and tithes. He presents sub-textual commentary on each issue; he believes that if your in danger you should escape about kids running away and he believes that tithing is wrong and unfair on the issue of tithing.
By: Neal Shusterman
between the ages of 10 to 18 run away from home.
"While running away may temporarily fulfill a desire by some for adventure, life on the streets often brings exploitation and risk"(Hartmann, Burgess, & McCormack). In Unwind this can be proven, for example it was very risky for the three protagonists to be on the run. If they were caught they would loose their lives. " Even if it risks everything, he's got to balance it somehow. He's got to do something decent, something good to make up for the awful consequence of his kicking-AWOL." (Shusterman, 38)
" there are many different reasons young people run away" (Gordon). In unwind the only reason most kids ran was because their parent signed for them to be unwound.
"He knows AWOL Unwinds will not give up as long as there's a ounce of consciousness left in them." (Shusterman, 39) This shows that kids who run away will not rest because they are committed to their life on the streets. "One fact remains undeniable: children who run away are running away from home--and from their families." (Gordon)
"Each year hundreds of thousands of American youth run away from home, leaving their families for life on the streets"(Hartmann, Burgess, & McCormack)
1 in 7 children between the ages of 10-18 run away from home.
The most amount of kids run away
in the United States.
The article on tithes states, " an annual tithe went to the priests (Ungvarsky)." Just like in unwind, Lev went to Pastor Dan.
of ones income is what a tithe offers. "Who have always given 10 percent of everything to our church
There are tithes in the religions of Judaism, Christianity, Muslim, and Islamic. In the book Lev says there are other tithes at his school but they are from different religions. This shows that in Unwind tithes can be found in different religions.
"Don't you see Lev? You can save yourself. You can be anyone you want to be now (Shusterman, 80)."
This quote shows that Neal Shusterman doesn't believe in tithing and he is showing this through Pastor Dan and him wanting Lev to run from being a tithe.
Definition of Tithe:
"Tithe is a portion of income set aside to be given for a specific purpose such as to a religious denomination or house of worship (Ungvarsky)."
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Tithes believe that "God urges the people to bring the full tithe—the full 10 percent—to him and promises blessings for those who do (Ungvarsky)."
Since Lev was his parents 10th child. Since he was 10% of his parents descendants he was 10% of their earnings and he was donated to the harvest camp.
Run away kids article:Crespi, Tony D., and Ronald M. Sabatelli. "Adolescent runaways and family strife: a conflict-induced differentiation framework." Adolescence, vol. 28, no. 112, 1993, p. 867+. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A14777785/OVIC?u=mari6646&sid=OVIC&xid=b64a3a8d. Accessed 15 Aug. 2018.