If you were part of Cole’s Justice Circle, what kinds of information would affect your decision-making? What things have you learned about Cole and his life that provide you with some important clues to understanding him? How might this context affect your decision regarding the consequences Cole should face for his actions? Consider what you have learned so far about the YCJA and its intentions for youth. Explore this in a well-developed paragraph or two that includes specific supporting details from the novel as well as your inquiry (parts B, C, and D).
Who is Cole Matthews? Throughout the book I had many views that affected my decision in who Cole was. In the beginning of the book Cole broke into a hardware store and he almost killed Peter Driscal. After reading that section of the book I was furious and I personally wanted to slap Cole in the face and say wake up. However I assumed that Cole Matthew’s was bad to early in the book. Throughout the book there was an expanded character development. He talked about how he never received love and his father always abused him. I started to feel sympathy for him because it’s tough growing up in an abusive environment, you can’t really share your feelings with anyone. So I started to realize that Cole wasn’t a bad kid he was just scared that if anyone did not fear him he wouldn’t have power.
I believe that Cole deserved to go to the island and get mauled by that bear because it really opened his eyes and he finally saw reality. After he was torn about and was close to death he really saw what he did. He understood that his “fake power” was being mad at everybody and it did not help Cole become a better person. He also learned that there is a cycle in life and he had to find his place, which is an important factor if you want to discover who you are. Six months later Edwin used Cole for an experiment I found it really interesting when Edwin pushed Cole to the ground, he didn’t attack him back. Truly he learned his place and he learned not to be mad all the time he learned to tame his anger and not to release it for no good reason. So I believe that the Justice Circle made the right choice to send him to that island because it made him reflect on his past and how he can improve in the future.