The Relationship Between Jim and Laura In high school, Jimwas basically your all around nice guy. He was friendly toeveryone, and an example of this is that he called Laura”Blue Roses”. He was being friendly when he nicknamed herthat, but otherwise they didn’t really talk to each other.
Thatwas basically under the only circumstances that they actuallytalked. The only reason that Jim asked Laura what was thematter in the first place, was because she was out of schoolfor a long time and he was just a little concerned like anyonethat is your all around nice and friendly type of person woulddo. Jim was confident about himself all throughout highschool. Laura was not. Evidence to prove Jim’sconfidentiality in himself is when Tom is telling us about Jim,”He seemed to move in the continual spotlight..
.He wasalways running or bounding, never just walking.”(pg.61)Evidence from the text to prove Laura wasn’t very confidentin herself, is when she says, “Yes, it was so hard for me,getting upstairs.
I had that brace on my leg – it clumped soloud!…I had to go clumping all the way up the aisle witheveryone watching!”(pg.94) Jim was always in the companyof others. Evidence of this is, “He seemed to move in acontinual spotlight. He was a star in basketball, captain ofthe debating club, president of the senior class and the gleeclub and he sang the male lead in the annual lightoperas.
“(pg.61) Laura was the exact opposite of him. Shewas a bit of a wallflower. She did not like being aroundother people because she thought that they were mockingher, so this is why she tried to just blend in with the crowd.
Jim had fond memories of his time in high school. As Tomwould say, “He was a star in basketball, captain of thedebating club, president of the senior class and the glee cluband he sang the male lead in the annual light operas.”(pg.
61)This is the memories that Jim has from high school. Laura,on the other hand, has only one fond memory of high school,and that memory is Jim. She remembers Jim as this perfectguy that everyone liked.
And she liked him too, just becausehe took the time to give her a pet name and inquire abouther health. Other than that, her memories of high schoolwere all bad. As she would say, “I had that brace on my leg- it clumped so loud!..
.I had to go clumping all the way upthe aisle with everyone watching!”(pg.94) Laura basicallyremembers high school as a time where everyone wasmaking fun of her because of her disability. In reality though,hardly anyone, if anyone, even noticed! How this all ties inwith their relationship now, is that it is still basically the same,with a few slight changes. Laura is still just as in confidentabout herself, but by then end of the text, Jim has helped herto build up her confidence about herself a little bit. Evidenceof this is when Jim accidentally breaks the unicorn, andLaura ends up giving it to him. This symbolizes how Laura isfeeling more confident about herself, because before it washer most valued piece of glass because it was different fromall the others, and in this way reminded her or herself, butJim helped to get rid or her horn, so she is now like all therest.
Jim still feels confident about himself, but he is less of ahero now. He thinks that he can go places, but he doesn’texactly have a cheering team over in the corner rooting forhim, like he did in high school.