Enzo says that Eve is an unpredictable elemen, and she was his fear. In my opinion he is basically saying that he needs to imbrace Eve and his worries for her, just like a driver like Denny would with rain. In addition, you could say that Enzo is the driver, Eve is the rain, and his relationship with Denny is the race.
Even though Denny and Enzo are close, Denny keeps on forcibly thinking about how Eve was in the right, this is because Denny really loves Eve and trusts her. And finally, he truly wants to believe she is right because he might be scared for her and her health.
I think Enzo has no doubt about being in the wrong and how maybe the zebra wasn’t real, even though it is clearly not. I also think that the incident with the zebra was one of those times the author is making us remember that even though Enzo is the narrator he is still a dog, so the “incident” was mainly meant to shed some light on Enzo’s “dog side”.
Discuss Mike as a character. What are some of his qualities? What role does he play in the novel? Is he a good friend?
In the book The Art of Racing in the Rain, Mike described as a good friend of Denny, is a worker at the same garage. There have been many instances when he has helped Denny out and done him many favors.
One of the main things he did for Denny was, being ready to maybe help him out when the police showed up with an arrest warrant, and charged him with rape. Another thing is he went to pick Zoe up from school, however the twins got to her first. Some of Mike’s qualities are that he is a very loyal, honest and trustworthy friend to Denny, and has helped him to this point in the novel, and supported him during the custody case.
From what I can interpret from this quote/passage is that Denny can only be upset with himself for being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. The next quote relates to a racing metaphor where Enzo says one can never be angry at another driver for a track incident. Which means that Denny can’t really be mad at Aniika more with himself since he put himself in that position. Additionally, in reality Aniika wasn’t a bad person she had been pressured into claiming that Denny had raped her. The final event, that proved that she, in reality, wasn’t a bad person was when she finally confessed she had lied.
Mid Year Exam
Important aspects of the human experience
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
“But that day Enzo felt anxious. He was nervous and worried, uneasy and distracted. He paced around and never felt settled.”
In the book, The Art of Racing in the Rain, our narrator Enzo happens to be a dog; not just any dog, but a very human one. In the book, Enzo proves to be a loyal friend and companion to his owner Denny, and a “older brother” to Denny’s daughter Zoe.
Throughout the novel, Enzo teaches us many times that control and family are important aspects of the human experience as we forge our own destinies.
Caught in a tough spot, Denny is forced to accept the fact the he’s not in control and he must wait for things to unfold and hope for the best. Enzo senses this, and has to cope with the discomfort.
In this book, Enzo has felt comfortable, protected, and safe. Denny’s job was racing cars, and he enjoyed that job. He enjoyed racing, and best of all, he was getting paid for it. Enzo’s life was great with Denny and his new found wife, Eve. Although one day, after battling many months, Eve passed away from a brain tumor. Denny had been ready for it but not aware of the effects it would have on his life. Enzo felt so hopeless, like he was trapped in a body, with no thumbs, and with a long tongue so he couldn’t speak.
She was my rain. She was my unpredictable element. She was my fear. But a racer should not be afraid of the rain; a racer should embrace the rain" (44).
Denny is in a complicated situation however he needs to persist and not give up. He isn’t in control but he needs to realize that she was his rain and he has to deal with it, and embrace it, in order to get himself back in control.
For most of the book, Denny has been in control. He is doing well in terms of his career and health, but he is not ready for something bad to happen. He isn’t ready to not be in control. After Eve’s death, he thought things couldn’t get worse, but then the inevitable happened: Aniika was persuaded by the twins to press charges against him, and he was arrested while the twins took Zoe from her school.
“The true hero is flawed. The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether he can overcome obstacles - preferably of his own making - in order to triumph.” (135).
Enzo at this time in the book visualizes Denny as the hero/champion. This is Denny’s true test as to whether he can overcome the sadness, the lack of control, and the pain he felt when Eve passed away. As much as he wants to give up on life, he doesn’t, and he persists.
Control is a key aspect to the human experience, as we try to protect the ones we love, our family. .
Enzo has witnessed firsthand how devoted Denny is to his family and he never fails to relate to the reader all of Denny’s caring actions.
In The Art of Racing in the Rain, Denny has shown his devotion and love to his wife, daughter, and dog, and Enzo takes that into account as an important aspect of the human experience. Additionally, Denny has shown that he will not give up on his family and he will do whatever it takes to safeguard his family. For example, this includes the time where he caused himself to be in debt so that the aging Enzo, who had been hit by a car, could live longer, even though he probably did not have much time left
“To live every day as if it had been stolen from death, that is how I would like to live. To feel the joy of life, as Eve felt the joy of life.” (166).
This quote shows how much Enzo appreciates life. He is grateful to live every single day of it and recognizes every single experience he can get from it.
Denny shows his true love to his family members. Particularly when Eve dies, he really feels the lack of company and the loss in his heart. Even after being punched in the ribs, he continues to demand to go to his wife’s funeral. Additionally, there is another turning point.
Indeed, Denny has to make a decision: accepting the terms of the custody suit and seeing his daughter every weekend and on some holidays, or choosing to fight it, and risking the possibility of not seeing her at all. Luckily, however, his choice to not give up on Zoe pays off, and he does end up winning her back. Enzo reflects on the fact that Denny was a great husband to Eve, and is a great father to Zoe; Enzo is sure to miss them to this day.
“There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.” (277).
Enzo has been very close to Denny, Zoe and they to him. He was also close to Eve and he especially misses the way she treated him, even though he resented her at first. This really shows the true meaning of family bonds and the relationships that form a tight knit family.
The Art of Racing in the Rain has been a wonderful book, and I plan on reading it again. This book stood out as a meaningful and relatable book to me, and I learned a lot from reading it. Even though biased as a narrator, Enzo has shed light on every character, explaining his opinion on all of them. Enzo portrays himself as a loyal dog, friend, companion, brother and faithful friend. He has taught us many times that control and family are important aspects of the human experience as we forge our own destinies.
“Racing is about discipline and intelligence, not about who has the heavier foot. The one who drives smart will always win in the end.” (178).
By Matthieu Schiermeier
If you could own the original copy of any document in history what would it be?
If I could own any original copy of any document in history it would be the Decleration of Independence. As soon as possible I would sell it for millions of dollars. With this money I would put it in a bank, I would be able to pay my college tuition along with my brother’s. In addition to that, in future years I would plan to stay humble and spend my money wisely.Hi
Write about a time where you were lost...
Driving through the national park was an amazing experience: there were cacti everywhere. Some people were rock climbing, walking, or running, and massive boulders and rocks rose up like statues everywhere in the plains. I couldn’t believe it, this was the California in the desert! I couldn’t imagine living here all summer. It must be impossible to live with such little water, especially during the Summer heat. After several minutes of following the park road, we finally made a stop to park at a station with the trail name: The Lost Palm Oasis.
After an hour of walking and following the linear trail, talking, and enjoying the views we encountered a split into three new paths. Later after debating on which one to take we took the right one. As we started encountering rocky and unusual terrain finally we decided after walking 2 miles on the path that it couldn’t be the trail. Luckily with my dad’s GPS watch, we traced back our steps and returned to our car. When we were all in the car we drove back to the resort again with the long plain roads and the same plain scenery.
Written by Matthieu
My favorite place
One of my favorite places of all times: Acadia
Located in Maine, Acadia is a wonderful national park filled with all sorts of amazing vegetation, lakes, ponds and carriage roads.
Every fall, our family visits Acadia and goes camping for a weekend. During these two days, we make the most of our visit, this includes a hilly 22 mile bike ride around beautiful lakes where beavers built their homes with logs and branches. We enjoy autumn colors: dark brown barks mix with blood red leaves. Sometimes, they are bright yellow turning to gold. After biking, we take a swim in the beautiful but treacherously icy salt water where we can run into small glowing jelly fish. The weekend would not be complete without delicious lobster dinner in Bar Harbor and a blueberry pancake brunch at Two Cats, a restaurant with views looking out to the ocean.
I have chosen Acadia as one of my favorite places because every year I visit and I feel a sense of connection to this pristine landscape, a place where I feel at home. This is always one of the key points in the year when my family and I bond unlike any other event.