How significant is Tom's grandfather, Bob-Bob, to the story?

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How significant is Tom's grandfather, Bob-Bob, to the story?

Post by Amagine » 01 Oct 2017, 16:37

In the beginning, we learn that Tom and his friends are taking a trip to Tom's grandfather's grave. Later, we learn more about him from Tom's stories.

How important is his character to the overall story? How significant is he in the development of Tom's character or Sarah's?
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Post by KeriCraven » 01 Oct 2017, 19:01

I think that Bob Bob is significant because they are traveling there to his grave. If he wasn't apart of the story then the characters would not be going to the trail. Also, if we didn't learn about Bob Bob then the characters would not know about the trail at all.

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Post by Mjgarrison » 01 Oct 2017, 23:41

The whole trip was based on him and Tom made some of his decisions based on what Bob Bob did with him in the past, so I think he was pretty significant.

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Post by MaryBurris » 01 Oct 2017, 23:55

Mjgarrison wrote:The whole trip was based on him and Tom made some of his decisions based on what Bob Bob did with him in the past, so I think he was pretty significant.
KeriCraven wrote:I think that Bob Bob is significant because they are traveling there to his grave. If he wasn't apart of the story then the characters would not be going to the trail. Also, if we didn't learn about Bob Bob then the characters would not know about the trail at all.
I agree with these two. Bob Bob was fairly significant.
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Post by gali » 02 Oct 2017, 00:03

I agree with all. Bob Bob is very significant as he was the reason for the trip. They wouldn't have gone camping otherwise.
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Post by Ferdinand_otieno » 02 Oct 2017, 00:41

He took Tom from a depressive state and helped him grow. All this on his last trek.

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Post by Quinto » 02 Oct 2017, 02:18

Bob-Bob is key to the story. Further ancestral reverence in Indian culture makes him the more significant. He's the driving force to the story.

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Post by hsimone » 02 Oct 2017, 10:20

I think everyone really answered this one well - Bob Bob was significant. If it wasn't for him, we probably wouldn't have a story since they wouldn't have a need to go to his grave site.
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Post by Amagine » 03 Oct 2017, 06:11

Does anyone think he plays a significant role in who Tom is? Do you see is influence in Tom's character?
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Post by Gikonyo Caroline » 03 Oct 2017, 06:29

Though dead his role is significant because he reunites his grand son Tom with Sarah who is Tom's granddaughter as they go on this hike to tend to Bob Bob's grave and return the atlatl. In the process the two build a relationship which was initially nonexistent and then tumultuous.

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Post by CatInTheHat » 03 Oct 2017, 08:08

Without Bob-Bob, there would not be a reason to go on the hike.
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Post by Amagine » 03 Oct 2017, 21:06

Gikonyo Caroline wrote:Though dead his role is significant because he reunites his grand son Tom with Sarah who is Tom's granddaughter as they go on this hike to tend to Bob Bob's grave and return the atlatl. In the process the two build a relationship which was initially nonexistent and then tumultuous.
You're right. He helped build Tom and Sarah's relationship because if it wasn't for the trip they wouldn't have went.
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Post by Bluecobia » 03 Oct 2017, 21:14

I agree, without Bob Bob there would be no story. He had the artifact, he was the reson for the hike. He gave Tom many of his values.

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Post by mratdegraff91 » 03 Oct 2017, 22:00

I feel like Bob-Bob played an important part of Tom's younger years. The trauma of losing him on the trail like he did caused a huge shift in Tom's life that affected many of his choices later on. In sharing the story with Sarah, especially after she has her dream, I believe she understood the connection Tom developed with the history of the land because of Bob-Bob. Bob-Bob also put down the foundation of the novel and experience the family has by discovering the ancient artifact as mentioned previously.
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Post by Jan Moraa Onsomu » 03 Oct 2017, 23:37

Interestingly, he is the reason for everything that happens in the story. However, it also feels like his atlatl competes for centerstage because after he is properly buried, the rest of the story is all about finding the origin and significance of this artefact so as to preserve the park.

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