The 57 Bus

The 57 Bus

by

Dashka Slater

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The 57 Bus: Part 3: Reeling Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Jasmine feels as if “the world has spun off its axis.” She can’t believe that Richard has really done this. She’s angry with him, his friends, herself, and the whole world. Her family encourages her not to talk about the arrest, but she refuses. “If you have anything to say, bad comments, take it to God,” she says. “Pray for him.”
Jasmine can’t believe what Richard has done because Sasha’s attack is simply a stupid, adolescent mistake. Jasmine refuses to let one misguided prank define her son’s life, which is what Richard’s press coverage effectively does.
Themes
Adolescent Crime vs. Adult Crime Theme Icon
Discrimination and Social Justice Theme Icon