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In The Book Of Ruth by Jane Hamilton every character suffers some form of pain Many of the characters arent sure how to handle their pain the right way Each character also has a different reaction to the pain just like in reality everyone handles his or her pain differently Some people dont handle his or her own pain the right way Others know how to regenerate their pain in good constructive ways By reading this book the previous statement is proven In this book you will see how three characters Ruth Ruby and May all deal with his or her pain in their very individual ways Everyone has to go through hard times but your attitude towards your suffering determines the outcome of your life One of the major characters in the book is Ruth Ruth the daughter of May and the sister of Matt was constantly put down as a child and even after that One of the pains that Ruth endured was the constant putdown by May her own mother I didnt mention Mays habit of yelling at me She wasnt actually yelling at me all the time she only needed someone to blame for how rotten her life was going I did do stupid things more often than not 60 Ruth thought that because May always told her she was stupid and inferior to Matt that she really was Another person that hurt Ruth was her teacher Mrs Ida Homer She also put Ruth down all the time Mrs Ida Homer made me stand in the wastebasket because I wrote on my desk and poked my neighbor and because I did not follow directions She said I had to stay in for recess to get the colors inside the lines of the turkey 18 Mrs Ida Homer singled Ruth out and picked on her just like May Ruth dealt with her pain by convincing herself that she was really a bad
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