On the Sidewalk Bleeding By: Evan Hunter

Who is the protagonist?
Andy is the protagonist because he is the main character, he was the boy laying on the sidewalk bleeding. Andy wore a bright purple jacket that read – the Royals on the back of the jacket, also read in black thread right over his heart. Andy was a tragic hero who had been stabbed. Andy wanted to be himself whenever he died he didn’t want to be a Royal or anyone else.

2. What is/are the conflicts?

Man vs Man

Man vs nature

Man vs self

Man vs  society
3.a) The conflict is developed through the use of names that apply to the     boy: Andy and a Royal. Skim the story to note how the names appear critical places. What do these names represent?

Man vs Man- when it’s you against someone else.

Man vs nature- Andy’s blood washing away from the rain.

Man vs self- Andy taking off his coat.

Man vs society- Andy getting bullied that he was a Royal. He has to make a decision if dying as a Royal was a good idea or not.


b) What does these names represent?

The names represent the symbols, signs of what the was versing and what he was facing. The man vs man is where it’s him against the world he is alone because he was getting bullied about how he was a Royal. Man vs nature is when the blood was washing away and how no one believed him that he got stabbed. Man vs self is when Andy didn’t want to die as a Royal he wanted to die as Andy. Man vs society if he was dying as a Royal or as a different person.
4. What effect does Andy’s jacket have on the people who find him in the alley?

The people who find Andy in the alley did not see Andy as Andy, they saw Andy as a Royal, a enemy, a boy laying on the sidewalk/ground like a hobo.
5.What are the reasons why these people did not help Andy?

The people did not help Andy because the old man was drunk, he thought Andy was a hobo laying on the sidewalk/ground. The couple were planning on doing something in the alley, but then the couple heard Andy do a loud grunt so the boy went to go investigate and he saw Andy on the ground.
6. At what point does Andy realize he is dying?

Andy realizes he is dying when he has no one to be a friend to, when he feels deep pain, when he has no one to talk to, when he feels no longer human, and when no one will help him.
7. What does Andy do with the last of his strength? How is this important to the theme and to the outcome of the conflict?

Andy with the last of his strength took off his coat because he didn’t want to die as a Royal, he wanted to die as Andy.
8. What is the climax or turning point? Sketch a plot diagram.

beginning/exposition:Andy had got stabbed.

rising action: when all the people that he met along the way wouldn’t help him he expected he was dying.

Middle: starting getting weak and all he wanted was to live in the bronx with Laura.

falling action: he figured out that he was dying. Started taking off his coat.

end/resolution: Laura came and brought a cop to help Andy.
9. What is the police officer’s reaction to Andy? How does this contribute to the author’s message?

The police officer was surprised that he was a royal. Because people get surprised when they look at everyone’s evidence and they act like they have never heard the name or saw the object before.


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