The Taste of Melon By Borden Deal Characters • Protagonist: Narrator • Antagonist: Mr. Wills • Minor characters: J.D, Freddy Grey, Willadean, Mom, Dad and Mrs. Wills Setting • Out in the countryside • Swimming hole • Mr. Wills watermelon patch • Mr. Wills porch • The narrator’s house Topic statement • A teenage boy wishes to prove himself to his friends, Willadean, and Mr. Wills Theme Statements (2) • One shouldn’t assume things of another. There is always more than what one sees. • There is no victory in thievery. Rating/Statement of Appeal 7.5 We chose to give this short story a 7.5 because we found the story somewhat interesting and appealing. It had a good wholesome meaning it and the message was portrayed well.