Priscilla and the Wimps
How Priscilla Roseberry Had More Powers Than Monk Klutter As Depicted In Richard Peck’s Story Priscilla And The Wimps
The Rise of Priscilla Roseberry
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” The wise words of President Lincoln can relate to the story, “Priscilla and the Wimps”, by Richard Peck. The story displays a school overrun by adolescent gang of bullies and portrays two figures, Monk Klutter and Priscilla Roseberry, who hold greatly immense power. However, one may find Priscilla to hold more power. This is due to her calmness, physical capabilities and regulation of her power.
To begin with, Priscilla’s personality is very calm and focused, and to be calm is to display power intact and in control. Right off the bat, the narrator describes Priscilla as “very calm, as only the every big can be.” Also, she doesn’t seem to notice Monk’s delinquents known as Klutter’s Kobras. This suggests that she views the Kobras as a lesser class and shouldn’t be noted. Also, her calmness through the final confrontation supports this idea. Priscilla didn’t go on a rageful fit when Monk targeted Melvin; instead, she just brushed Monk aside. This shows Priscilla finds Monk as only a minor pest, annoying but can be dealt with easily for some people. Although, some may find Monk more powerful with his manipulation of the kids at the school. Nonetheless, this only seems to display him as an overlord, desperate for power that will decline eventually.
Moreover, Priscilla excels over Monk because of her physical capabilities. Priscilla was described as “the largest student in our particular institution of learning.” This trait gave her intimidation which aided her in defeating the Kobras. Another example is her obvious strength, which is used in her upheaval against Monk. Not only that, Priscilla has techniques, strung along her strength, which she used to counter Monk’s assault on Melvin. This shows that Priscilla also has a bit of technically mental strength to accompany her.
Subsequently, Priscilla’s power is considerably greater than Monk’s power due to the control of her power. A notable detail is her previously stated calmness. This characteristic not only gives her power but allows for control over it. She also does not abuse her power to perform atrocious acts and “organized crime.” This shows that Priscilla has another form of power, willpower which causes her to resist in not using her power for tyrannical acts. Nevertheless, these details do not prevent her from using it entirely. She just so happened to use it to defy Monk and his Kobras in defense for her friend, Melvin. This reveals that Priscilla used her power for her significant needs such as protecting a friend. Although, some may point out that Monk has a gang of bullies which increases his power. Yet, Priscilla does not require a group of sorts to stay at such a level of power. In fact, it is very probable that Priscilla can dominate the Kobras and reign over their puny gang.
All in all, the character of Priscilla Roseberry has far more power than Monk Klutter. This can be proven be her calmness, athletic abilities, and usage of power. Nevertheless, upon analysis, one may conclude that it shan’t matter the amount of power an individual holds. It is the action pertaining to the power of the individual that determines their valued worth.
How Terrorists Attacked the Pentagon and the World Trade Center
The terrorist attacks on both the World Trade Center and the Pentagon knocked unsuspecting citizens off their feet and onto their well used backsides. This recent tragedy ties in with the story Pricilla and the Wimps by Richard Peck. Pricilla and the Wimps may be a lighter hearted and comical story, but it is similar none the less.
Though we may not realize it, there are terrorist attacks everyday, though not all of them are as serious as the bombings, and they dont get the media to cover their story. One such example of terrorism is the way that Monk Klutter and his team of henchmen ran their collection agency, threatening the small and the new students in the junior high school. They (Monks gang) did this to set their reputation. The Kobras, as they called themselves, strutted their stuff to help give them the you dont want to mess with us look. Monk had one of his little minions walk behind him carrying a switchblade that Monk used to give himself manicures. He couldve very well used a normal manicure tool, but instead chose to use the knife to flaunt off his superiority. The terrorists in New York couldve used actual bombs to take down the World Trade Center, but instead chose to use our own planes, filled with our citizens, to cause the massive towers to collapse. These actions were used to set fear into the people, to hopefully prevent an uprising.
Terrorists, though they might frighten the populace, must be punished. Kobras went around, terrorizing the students, giving the school the after-school shakedowns. They went around aimlessly, causing trouble, and werent expecting any trouble in return. However, they didnt seem to realize that trouble was staring them in the face, or rather, watching them from above. Monk, one who usually does absolutely none of the dirty work, reaches out to senselessly cause physical harm to the one friend that Pricilla has. Monk never did get his chance at the dirty work, before Pricilla humiliated him and left him in her locker for a week. The punishment that Monk served was quite fitting. He tried to mess with the wrong person of persons, and as a result, he suffered. The United States has yet to come up with the battle plan for the terrorists, but as the old saying goes, let the punishment fit the crime.
Terrorist attacks may vary in strength and severity, they need to be dealt with just the same. Poetic justice, some people get their kicks out of watching others suffer, and others like the finishing touches. Even if the United States doesnt shove a bunch of terrorists into a locker for a week, although that would be fun to watch, they will be dealt their hand, and the punishment will either fit the crime, or it will exceed it. All that is known is that the ones responsible will suffer.