Lee Mercer: Lee is the main character of the novel. He is a troubled boy who would be what people call, a "thug". He gets into fights at school, is involved in individual and organized crime, and is a generally violent kid. He has no siblings and only one parent, his father. His mother died of cancer when he was very young, resulting in his father having to take up a second job to pay the bills. Lee does not see his father much, but even so tends to blame most of his problems on him. Lee does not have friends either, so you can imagine just how lonely he is. He takes shelter with local gangs leading to a longer and longer police record.
Lee's Dad: Lee's father is a widower whose spouse died many years ago. He is not home much and seems to only spend time with his son when he is arrested or gets in trouble at school.
Aunt Reena: Lee's aunt Reena is the owner of a small diner in a tiny neighborhood. She takes Lee in once he is ordered to go there to cool off and get his life back on track. She does not judge Lee about his past like the other adults in his life. Instead, she lets him work in her shop, either delivering food or being a bus boy. She is as close to a mother as Lee is ever going to get.
Bruce Cutter: Cutter is a mentally unstable person that Lee comes across in his delivery route. He soon becomes Lee's best friend. For some reason, Cutter is paranoid about the government watching his every movement. He believes that the word is full of evil and that he must hide from it, Bruce Cutter on the other hand is a very peaceful person and opposes violence of any kind. Cutter might be crazy, but believe or not, he is a genius. Before he became mentally unstable, he was the creator of a famous puzzle game that made him hundreds of thousands of dollars. No one in the tiny neighborhood knows what drove Cutter to insanity, but it had to be something big to mess up a rich, smart person like Bruce Cutter.
The setting of this book is in Toronto, Ontario in a small, run down apartment. Lee is sent from this area to live with at his Aunt Reena's diner in a smaller neighborhood in Toronto. Lee stays here until the end of the book. This is where most of the novel takes place, so it would be the main setting.
Intro: Lee, seeing as how he does not have nay friends or family he can talk to, decides to try to find companionship in a local gang called the Tarantulas. This gang makes Lee do many odd jobs for them such as stealing and mugging so he can one day be initiated into the gang. It comes to the point when he only needs to do one more job and he will become a Tarantula, but during this job he is arrested by the Police. Due to his long record, the policemen suggest that he is sent somewhere away from the Tarantulas and the crime of the city, so they ship him off to live with his Aunt Reena with no complaint from his father.
Rising Action: Once Lee arrives at his Aunt's restaurant, he begins working there as a busboy and a delivery boy for food and medication for the elderly peoples and shut-ins of the neighborhood. As he begins to deliver food and medication, Lee starts to find friendship in these people. One man in particular, Bruce Cutter, stands out from the crowd due to his insanity. Lee and Cutter start to form a bond, even though Cutter is extremely mentally unstable. During his time working at his Aunt's, Lee begins to change thanks to the peace of the neighborhood and Cutter's friendship.
Climax: One day as Lee is delivering Cutter's medication and food, he sees many police cars and ambulances outside Cutter's house. As he investigates further, he finds that Cutter has committed suicide for an unknown reason. This leaves Lee feeling depressed and alone in the world once again. Lee struggles with the thought that he may have been able to prevent it if he was paying more attention to Cutter's condition. This is when Cutter's lawyers inform Lee of Cutter's wealth (see character section) and of the fact that he left all of it to Lee, including his house. Now having possession of the house, Lee decides to investigate why Cutter committed suicide and finds a secret room filled with papers and documents and journals of Cutter's supposed time in the U.N Peacekeeping Force. He also finds Cutter's blue peacekeeping helmet (hence the name of the book). The documents tell Cutter's story about how he was forced to shoot and kill small children and other people. This, Lee finally discovers, is what drove Cutter insane.
Falling Action: Lee, now knowing the cause of Cutter's suicide, can rest in a slightly more peaceful state. At this point, Lee is now completely opposed to the life he once lived. Now all he wants is to settle down, but not without his family. Using some of the money Cutter left him, Lee pays off his father's debts and asks him to move into Cutter's old house with him. Lee's father however, does not want to take the money and finally reveals why he had to take two jobs. Before Lee's mother died, his father took her to Europe. Now he has to pay off the debts of that trip and if Lee just gave him the money it would seem like he failed her.
Conclusion: After a while, Lee convinces his father to move in with him. Lee also invites his Aunt to move into the house as well. The book ends with Lee signing the house over to his father and living out the rest of his life in peace, all thanks to Cutter who was his first real friend.
1. The first theme of my book is Internalization. Cutter;s example of Internalizing horrible memories or thoughts shows that internalization ends badly. Cutter was forced to do the thing he hated above all. He did not tell anyone though because he was too afraid of reliving the memory and look what happened.
2. The second theme of my book was love. This theme is relevant because all Lee needed was love to get his life back together. Once he made even one friend he started to become less violent. That is why moving him to his Aunt Reena's was such a good idea. That led to his Aunt's love, which led to Cutter's friendship, which led to his fathers love, which ended in him having a happy loving family and not being violent and angry all the time like he was before.
3. The third theme my book has is thankfulness. Lee did not even realize he had a best friend until Cutter was dead. He was not thankful of what he had until it was too late. This teaches us to be thankful of what we have. Imagine one thing in your life that you love. Now imagine it gone. That is the message behind this theme.
1. The first conflict of my novel was Man vs Self. An example of this was when Lee was struggling with Cutter;s suicide and trying to think what he could have done to prevent it from happening. He was completely caught off guard by Cutter's death, leading him to think he just wasn't as attentive as he should have been to the state of Cutter's condition.
2. The second conflict of my novel was Man vs Society. An example of this was at the start of the book when Lee is arrested while trying to rob a store. This was not the first time when Lee had been caught committing crimes. At This point in the book, he is against the law/ society and takes shelter from it with other criminals.
3. The third conflict of my novel was Man vs Man. An example of this was the many fights Lee got into. He fought bullies at school, policemen, other criminals or even defended people from being robbed. These are all quarrels between two groups of people, so it is a Man vs Man situation.