Example research essay topic: Drummer – 1,372 words

… Even Billy and Gene’s dad favors Gene over
Billy. “Shut your mouth. Don’t go dragging your
brother into this. Anyway what he done to the car
was accidental. But not you.

Oh no, you marched
into that collection of religious screwballs, holy
belly-floppers, and linoleum-beaters under your
own steam. On purpose. For God’s sake, Billy,
that’s no religion that – it’s exercise. Stay away
from them Baptists.” (Vanderhaghe p.590). Gene can
crash a car and still go out, but Billy can’t
leave the house on Sundays, let alone go to
church. “You aren’t setting foot outside of that
door of a Sunday anymore,”(Vanderhaghe p.591).
Billy’s dad doesn’t let him do anything he wants
and that is why we are sympathetic toward him.

We
are also sympathetic for Billy when he takes the
blame for the bad night. Billy goes to the door to
get the girls and gets the third degree from
Nancy’s, Gene’s date, parents and Gene just sits
in the car and waits. In this story we are given
the impression that Billy like Nancy, and when
Gene takes off with Billy’s date she tells Billy
how much she liked Gene. “I never even thought he
knew I was alive. Never guessed. And here I was,
crazy about him.

Just crazy. I’d watch him in the
hallway, you know? I traded lockers with Susan
Braithwaite just to get closer to his. I went to
all the hockey games to see him play. I worshipped
him.” (Vanderhaghe p.599). Nancy still calls
herself Gene’s date even though Billy kept her
company, took her home, and gave her his scarf and
mitts. “Then I try to kiss her.

She sort of
straight-arms me. I get the palm of my own glove
in the face. “What are you doing?” She sounds mad.
“I’m not your date,” she says real offended. “I’m
your brother’s date.”(Vanderhaghe p.601). We feel
the most sympathetic when this happens because we
as readers realize that Billy can’t win. We feel
sympathy for Billy in “Drummer” because he lives
in the shadow of Gene, his father won’t let Billy
do what he want, and he took the blame for Gene
the whole night.

Billy is never going to get out
shadows if he keeps trying to beat Gene. Billy
needs to be more like Nancy who doesn’t care what
others think, just be yourselfand hope for the
best. Baker, Sheridan. & Gamache, Lawrence
B.(1998). The Canadian Practical Stylist. , Don
Mills, Ontario: Addison-Wesley Longman Ltd.

Katz,
Wendy R. Mackinnon, Kenneth A. Perkyns, Richard
J.H. Thomas, Gilian. (1995). Introduction To
Literature.

(3rd edition, p.589-602). Toronto,
Ontario: Harquart Brace & Company, Canada.
“Drummer” is a story about a boy who is trying to
be normal in a society full of people who like
big, strong, athletic people. The people are
looked at as flawless, or else they can’t anything
wrong. Billy is the exact opposite of what the
community accepts. We are very sympathetic toward
Billy in Vanderhaghe’s “Drummer” because he lives
in the shadow of his older brother Gene, Billy’s
dad won’t let him do what he wants, and he takes
the blame for getting Nancy home late when it was
actually Genes fault. The main reason we feel
sympathetic for Billy is his brother, Gene.

Billy
lives in the shadow of his brother. Gene is the
most popular boy in school, the best athlete in
the town, and the girls love him. Although Billy
has good morals, takes responsibility, and is the
more educated son, Gene is “God” in the eyes of
the town. “Shit, last year they passed the hat
around to all the big shots on the recreation
board and collected the dough for one of Gene’s
liquor fines and give it to him on the q.t.”
(Vanderhaeghe, p.591). Gene went out on a date
with a girl on a date on a bet. Gene lied to her
to get her to go out with him.

“What I do, Billy,”
he told me once, “is make myself believe, say…
well an H-bomb went off, or that some kind of
disease which only attacks women wiped out every
female on the face of the earth but the one I’m
talking to. That makes her the last piece of tail
on the face of the earth, Billy! It’s just natural
then to be extra nice.” (Vanderhaeghe p.593). Gene
and Billy went out on a double date. Billy went on
the date because he wanted to see Gene get turned
down by his date. Not only did Gene get this girl
to go out him by lying, he left his date for
Billy’s date. We feel sympathy for Billy in this
situation cause he went on the date to see Gene
get rejected and Gene “scored” twice and Billy’s
plan to see him get rejected blew up in his face.
We are very sympathetic for Billy because he lives
in the shadow of Gene.

We feel sympathetic for
Billy because of the way he is treated by his
father. His dad just criticizes him for everything
he does, good or bad. When his dad found out that
he was going to Baptist Church, his dad was as mad
as a bat out hell. “Baptists! Baptists! I’m having
your head examined. Do you here me? I’m having it
examined! Just keep it up and see if I don’t, you
crazy little pecker. They roll in the aisles,
Baptists, for chrissakes!”(Vanderhaghe p.589).
Gene got in less trouble for crashing his dad’s
car than Billy did for going to church.

Even Billy
and Gene’s dad favors Gene over Billy. “Shut your
mouth. Don’t go dragging your brother into this.
Anyway what he done to the car was accidental. But
not you. Oh no, you marched into that collection
of religious screwballs, holy belly-floppers, and
linoleum-beaters under your own steam. On purpose.
For God’s sake, Billy, that’s no religion that –
it’s exercise.

Stay away from them Baptists.”
(Vanderhaghe p.590). Gene can crash a car and
still go out, but Billy can’t leave the house on
Sundays, let alone go to church. “You aren’t
setting foot outside of that door of a Sunday
anymore,”(Vanderhaghe p.591). Billy’s dad doesn’t
let him do anything he wants and that is why we
are sympathetic toward him. We are also
sympathetic for Billy when he takes the blame for
the bad night. Billy goes to the door to get the
girls and gets the third degree from Nancy’s,
Gene’s date, parents and Gene just sits in the car
and waits.

In this story we are given the
impression that Billy like Nancy, and when Gene
takes off with Billy’s date she tells Billy how
much she liked Gene. “I never even thought he knew
I was alive. Never guessed. And here I was, crazy
about him. Just crazy. I’d watch him in the
hallway, you know? I traded lockers with Susan
Braithwaite just to get closer to his.

I went to
all the hockey games to see him play. I worshipped
him.” (Vanderhaghe p.599). Nancy still calls
herself Gene’s date even though Billy kept her
company, took her home, and gave her his scarf and
mitts. “Then I try to kiss her. She sort of
straight-arms me. I get the palm of my own glove
in the face.

“What are you doing?” She sounds mad.
“I’m not your date,” she says real offended. “I’m
your brother’s date.”(Vanderhaghe p.601). We feel
the most sympathetic when this happens because we
as readers realize that Billy can’t win. We feel
sympathy for Billy in “Drummer” because he lives
in the shadow of Gene, his father won’t let Billy
do what he want, and he took the blame for Gene
the whole night. Billy is never going to get out
shadows if he keeps trying to beat Gene. Billy
needs to be more like Nancy who doesn’t care what
others think, just be yourselfand hope for the
best.

Baker, Sheridan. & Gamache, Lawrence
B.(1998). The Canadian Practical Stylist. , Don
Mills, Ontario: Addison-Wesley Longman Ltd. Katz,
Wendy R. Mackinnon, Kenneth A.

Perkyns, Richard
J.H. Thomas, Gilian. (1995). Introduction To
Literature. (3rd edition, p.589-602). Toronto,
Ontario: Harquart Brace & Company, Canada.
Bibliography: none.

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