Columbine ‘Female Down’

I chose to read and analyze the book Columbine by Dave Cullen. At first I was hesitant to read this book because of the dark subject however when I began reading the Authors Note, I quickly realized while this book was based on a atrocious event, it would shed light on the school shooting that had been skewed by the media. The author Dave Cullen introduces characters, settings and different events as well as data in an interesting fashion. For example the first section begins with a flashback to prom night/4 days before the shooting. It begins with the principal addressing concerns of which have nothing to do with the school shooting but seem like they could be in relation, which struck me as odd. Then the author goes on to end that very first chapter by a very brief and vague introduction to the actual subject of the book; the worst school shooting in American History.

The flashback is followed by an introduction of the shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. The thing that stunned me most about these boys is that they seem like normal teenagers or at least they don’t seem like the type of kids to shoot up and bomb a school. He introduces small but crucial pieces of the puzzle in these earlier chapters and introduces the seasonal setting as well as shows that the media was already in a frenzy about school shooters. Every aspect the author presents in the novel is very specific and rich in detail from the description of the school to the description of the killers’ daily schedules. Reading the vivid descriptions shows the author is very knowledgeable and his attempt to show what really happened is very evident even in the early parts of section one.

Reading through horrifying details of the plan I was stunned. The fact that these boys so close to my age when they committed this act makes me very uneasy and its quite frankly sickening. Not only had they been planning their “killing spree” for a year but they were amused by what was to come. They even had a maximum body count. It was a lot of volatile efforts put into something so vicious. The early hours of the shootings were presented in these early chapters but there was a lot more to it than I had anticipated or imagined. Needless to say a lot of information was presented but I could tell it was about to get way more complicated than I knew.

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