Finding Themes through Multiple Perspectives By Henry Cannon


Although rules are set in place by his school, obviously, Avi shows in his novel Nothing But The Truth that it is important to stand up for his rights and that same understanding can be seen in other lenses in today’s world.

"Nothing But The Truth" by Avi

A boy named Philip Malloy decides one day to stand up and start singing the “Star Spangled Banner” While he is told many times by his teacher to stop saying it. By doing this, he gets suspended and receives attention from many people around the US.

A common message from this novel is to not back down from one’s beliefs, even if they are disliked and it feels like everyone one is against you because people are listening. This is similar to my topic because Robin Thicke was accused of plagiarism and wouldn’t give up on his belief that he did infringe on Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up”.

After a long debate between Philip and his vice principal, Dr. Joseph Palleni, He insist on not apologizing for doing what he did saying,

“Dr.Palleni: ‘First things first, an apology.’Philip Malloy: ‘Call her(Philp's Mom)’” (pg 78)
“TO: PHILIP MALLOY: American Legion Post #16 of Newport, Rhode Island, salutes you for your defense of american values. Fight the good fight. Thumbs-up!”
"...And based on feedback from other prominent songwriters, (Thicke and Williams) feel they owe it to the creative world to make sure this verdict does not stand."

This is an interview with Jack Ashford, who helped write "Got to Give it Up". This contains his thoughts and his what he thinks about the verdict

The Two Songs

This is Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up" which was made in 1977

This is Robin Thicke and Pharrell's song "Blurred Lines" which was made in 2013.

What do you think about this lawsuit? Was it justified?

The First Amendment

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."


It is important to stand up for our beliefs because it is important to some people and it could help show people what is important in your life.

Work Cited

Biz, Billboard. “'Blurred Lines' Verdict: Music Lawyers Weigh In.” Mondaq Business Briefing, 23 Mar. 2015, “Blurred Lines Cover Photo.”, Wikipedia,

“Children Saying the Pledge.” Pinterest,

“First Amendment as an American Flag.” Youtube, Debora Mrazek, 27 Jan. 2013,


Kim, Victoria. "Robin Thicke dances, plays piano in court over 'Blurred Lines' lawsuit." Los Angeles Times (CA) 25 Feb. 2015: Points of View Reference Center. Web. 10 Jan. 2017. “Nothing But The Truth Cover.” Good Reads,

Walsh, Eric. “'Blurred Lines' Duo to Contest $7.4Mln Plagiarism Verdict.” AKIpress News Agency, 12 Mar. 2015,


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