In Chapter 4, we discover more about how life used to be for Bryon and Mark. Since they know each other from a young age, they shared a lot of experiences together and while Mark is still recovering, they had a reminiscing moment.
Mark had a a great memory- better than mine, which is pretty good- and he brought up little goofy things we had done when were young that I’d forgotten about.
It was a different time back and that is why the book’s title is relevant to the story, because it tells us that they are going through different phases, and things don’t remain the same. They are both struggling and are on their way to accept the fact that life goes on.
Do you ever get the feeling that the whole thing is changin’? Like somethin’ is coming to an end because somethin’ else is beginning?
Some things ends, while new things begin, and that is what Bryon refers too, that was then, this is now.
In chapter 3, we can define more Mark and Bryon’s relationship after many events such as the dance . At the bar, while talking to Charlie, Mark was straight and honest when he was talking about how Bryon could be and it didn’t bother Bryon, he actually took it well and laugh about it. We can see that they are honest towards each other. Mark also knows that Bryon likes Cathy and got him Mark a shirt. On another hand, during the night of the dance, Mark was attacked while he tried to defend Curtis. When Mark learned what happened, he ran outside to find it and stayed with from that moment. Bryon was nearly crying because Mark is his brother for him and seeing him hurting like that for the wrong reasons. We can conclude after ther dicussions that they are real partners and mean a lot to each others.
2) In my opinion, the reason why Connie told the others to kill Mike was only a question of racism. Black people are not meant to be with White people. There is no respect whatsoever between those races. It was meant to happen like this. Even though Mike helped her get out of this mess, she was still reluctant and doesn’t have any sympathy towards him. The girl only wanted revenge towards anyone who was white, because she knows how some of them actually treated the Black people.
3) On the other hand, the comment gives us a hint that Mark holds grudges against people who had and will hurt him. I predict that later on in the story, he will most likely be hurt somehow, by someone. It might be someone who is very close to him, or the contrary, a complete stranger. Therefore, following these events, he’ will need to confront his own personality, either forgive the person or not and it might have an impact on him in the future.
Being different in Mark and Bryon’s world is not well perceived by the others. It can cause many conflicts, such as violent ones and terrible accidents. Even when someone is willing to be the better man and decides to help someone completely different from him/her, they end being the actual of the whole situation at the end. This event can predict that there will be other times where Mark and Bryon will most likely be involved mistreating a person completely different from them, which will cause many repercussions in Mark and Bryon’s life