Troubling a Star-Betrayal

Salvador Gomez
Mr. Cottom
H English 10 P.5
4 May 2016
Trust is a powerful feeling that humans feel for each other after bonding for some time, this bond allows them to feel safe and to believe others; however, not everyone appreciates trust. Both the novel Troubling a Star by Madeleine L’Engle and the poem You Think by Melissa Rose B. Bulaong are both about breaking trust to form betrayal. Both give an explanation about how the protagonist deals with these certain situations.
In Troubling a Star, the protagonist Vicky Austin and her crush Adam Eddington have always been great friends until one day, she got a letter from him. The letter stated, “Dear Vicky, Thank you for your letters. I think it’s probably best if we don’t write anymore… But I hope you agree that we’d better cool it. Sincerely yours, Adam.” (L’Engle 166). In reality, the letter was actually meant to stop them from communicating, because someone else was reading their letters. Yet, this betrayal is ironic, because after Vicky felt betrayed she began to cheat on Adam with Prince Otto which is another form of betrayal. Another example of betrayal is when Esteban is used as a sacrifice by Nausinio as stated by L’Engle, “Nausinio grabbed Esteban so that he was in front of him, like a shield. The shot cracked the cold white air. Esteban gave a horrible jerk and then he was in the water. He went down like lead.” (L’Engle 277). Even though Esteban and Nausinio had known each other for quite a while, and Esteban even tried assisting Nausino by trying to kill Adam and Vicky, he was still just another pawn in Nausinio’s plan. It is ironic that even though Esteban tried killing Vicky and Adam by pushing them in the freezing waters, that he is the one who got both shot and froze to death in the water. In both situations the characters were betrayed by someone who was close to them, which goes to show that no matter how close people can be together, betrayal is still a possibility.
The poem You Think by Melissa Rose B. Bulaong is another story about betrayal. Bulaong states, “I guess I made my biggest mistake, when I became loyal to you. You’re one of those friends who is fake, in everything you say and do” (“Bulaong” 9-12). These lines show that trust can be gathered with time, and it is displayed by loyalty. However, gaining the loyalty can be a trap itself, because sometimes people are not who they seem to be, some may pretend to be kind, and then they use the gained trust to manipulate their friends. Bulaong later states, “I thought your kindness would last. But now, I feel so used. Because when I think of the past, I thought you’d never give my heart a bruise” (“Bulaong” 13-16). When Bulaong said that she thought her heart would never get bruised, she implies that she did which is an exaggeration, because if her heart was actually bruised she would likely be dead. There is also personification when she says that kindness could last, only humans can make kindness last because kindness is manipulated by humans, it itself cannot have actions itself. Melissa Rose demonstrates that no matter how long a person is known, they can still betray.
Not everyone in the world believes in trust, yet those who do are the ones that end up suffering. Both Troubling a Star and You Think are both examples that anyone can betray another at anytime and anywhere, even in a freezing iceberg. However there are still many people that do trust such as Vicky and Bulaong, and does that do betray such as Adam, deserve a second chance.

Works Cited
Bulaong, Melissa Rose B. “You Think.” Family Friend Poems. Web. 04 May 2016.

L’Engle, Madeleine. Troubling a Star. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1994. Print.

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