According to Brunelli, (700), summer is regarded as the most unsafe season because the killings are constant. During this season, the family’s only safe place to hide is in the narrow entrance of their house so as to avoid stray bullets that are rampant in this season. Lafayette is afraid of gangs and does all he can to avoid encountering them.
Kotlowitz, (4), asserts that the conventional evil aristocrats are the native gang that is led by Jimmy Lee, who is charged with drugs and gun possession later in the story and is subjected to a thirty year sentence in prison. Lafayette had a fifteen-year-old friend named Bird Leg who was possessed with dogs. The evil aristocrats and their enemies reach an agreement in the month of August, regardless of this Bird Leg is gunshot to demise in an argument with the rival gang. Due to this incident, Lafayette is seen wondering and traumatized at Bird Leg’s funeral and kept thinking whether he will pull through to adulthood. Pharaoh is also affected by the stress that comes with the summer season; he developed a serious speech impediment, he can hardly control and is simply frightened by loud sounds. Pharaoh starts fourth grade with a trainer who identifies his spelling and writing skills. He is also so relaxed in the classroom that he talks more amenable and shutters less. He creates friendship with Rickey, who was older than him. Rickey was a troublemaker and a bully; however, he views Pharaoh as his younger brother and treats him well and feels it’s necessary to protect him. In the beginning, his elder brother Lafayette is against their friendship, but with time he also becomes Ricky’s friend. They are even caught stealing from a shop, but the owner chooses not to press charges.
As the story continues, Lafayette life gets a turn and starts to have issues with the law. These changes have developed due to the harsh surroundings, he is subjected to and he stays silent of