Same Kind of Difference as Me Theme Essay

Topics: Change, Homelessness Pages: 2 (487 words) Published: November 1, 2010
It is hard to make a difference, but it always pays off in the end. In the novel Same Kind of Difference As Me, the authors Ron Hall and Denver Moore revealed that it only takes one person to make a big difference by using foreshadowing and allusions.

By using foreshadowing, Hall and Moore tell how one person can make a difference. Denver Moore recalls, “But after a while, Miss Debbie got me to talkin ‘bout things I don’t like to talk about and tellin things I ain’t never told nobody…” (Moore 4). This hints that Miss Debbie is going to change Denver’s life and help him open up to her and others. This also shows that Miss Debbie will single handedly transform this homeless man into someone who is caring and open. Ron Hall says, “The incident firmly fixed my image of homeless people as a ragtag army of ants bent on ruining decent people’s picnics. I had no idea at that time that God, in His elaborate sense of humor, was laying the groundwork for one of them to change my life” (Hall 10). This shows that it only takes one person to change your opinions and views on others. Hall’s first image of homeless people was not very pleasant, but thanks to one person, he changes his image completely. As well as using foreshadowing to prove everyone has the ability to make a difference, there were many allusions in this book.

Ron and Denver also use allusions to reveal this theme. Ron says, “That night she dreamed about the mission again—and this time, about a man. ‘It was like that verse in Ecclesiastes,’ she told me the next morning over breakfast. ‘A wise man who changes the city. I saw him.’” (Hall 85). Even though Debbie does not know it yet, Denver is this man who changes the city. In the end, Denver has made a difference in the city and many people’s lives. As Debbie fights cancer, Ron speaks to Mary Ellen who says, “‘…Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains by itself, alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.’...
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