A Game of Catch

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"A Game of Catch  is a short story written by the author, Richard Wilbur. The

interplay of power, control, authority is confusing and misleading and is a favorite literary

theme. This story underscores the dynamics of a youngster who comes into a situation

and asserts a sense of autonomous control over others. One of the main characters, Scho,

will always show up in every classroom, in every social gathering, both in youth and

In this story, Scho was just minding his own business while walking past the side

lawn of the firehouse. He noticed two seventh grade boys, Monk and Glennie, playing a

game of catch. Scho was first intimidated by them because of how well they could throw

the ball back and forth to each other.

Richard Wilbur phrased this moment of Scho watching Monk and Glennie as a

"luxurious dance in the sun, their faces perfectly blank and entranced.  The point Richard

was trying to get across was how Scho was in such awe of Monk and Glennie's game.

As Scho was still staring at the two boys Glennie looked over and noticed him and

invited him over to join, although Scho did not have a glove. Glennie had then moved over

to form a triangle with the three of them. They had then passed the ball for about five

minutes, Monk tossing easy grounders to Scho, Scho throwing to Glennie, and Glennie

burning them in to Monk. After a while, Monk began to throw them back to Glennie once

or twice before he let Scho have his grounder, and finally Monk gave Scho a fast, bumpy

grounder that hopped over his shoulder and went into the brake on the other side of the

street. As Scho threw the ball back to Monk, Monk made it cleared that he should have

In the author's writing he is now raising up some conflict between the two older

boys and Scho, the outsider. And then he also proceeds with Monk and Glennie telling

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