After The First Death Character Analysis

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Throughout After the First Death by Robert Cormier Artkin uses manipulation on both his allies and his enemies. Artkin uses the cover of his homeland and Miro’s age to use him, as a means for his end, in particular that becomes evident when Artkin fails to provide Miro with crucial information about their homeland that would make his cause truly legitimate. At the diner Miro recalls that “‘We are forever homesick,’ Artkin had once said in a rare moment of tenderness, ‘because our land does not exist anymore, gobbled up and occupied by others’ ”(Cormier 19). Therefore, showing the motivation behind Miro’s soon to be hijacking of the bus. However, Artkin never tells Miro who is occupying their homeland nor how their land was “gobbled” up. Thus,…show more content…
Due to the convoluted identity Miro also becomes a 3d character with the hope of becoming a individual through the avenue of romantic attraction, rather than Artkin who is a 2d terrorist with only one motive. But, due to Artkin’s constant influence Miro’s non-terrorist side loses out to his terrorist persona. Therefore, Miro forces Kate to do what Artkin wants her to, despite his other persona telling him that he shouldn’t do it as he is attracted to Kate, but the fact that he still does it reinforces the point that his developing identity makes him susceptible to becoming a means to an end. Further, another implication is one that links to his 3d persona and the struggle between his good half and his terrorist half. His willingness to kill Kate conflicts with his internal romantic love for her and therefore, his end decision to kill Kate reflected the Miro’s capitulation to his terrorist persona and thus, he solidifies his position as Artkin’s means to his end. In conclusion, Artkin takes advantage

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