Christopher Priest’s novel The Prestige centers on the secrets and plots of two rival magicians: Alfred Borden and Rupert Angier. Early in Borden’s magic career, he devises an act known as The New Transported Man. His fame along with his wealth skyrockets and he is deemed the greatest magician. However, to reach this level in his career, he sacrifices many aspects in his life in order to protect the secret of his best act: Alfred Borden is in reality a pair of twin brothers. Borden makes additional sacrifices to fight off his greatest rival Rupert Angier for the protection of his title and fame.
The Pardoner, from Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, is the world’s most obvious and shameless hypocrite. He spent his entire life preaching that the love of money is the root of all evil, and even tells a tale of three men whose greed for money leads to their own demise. Despite knowing this, the Pardoner himself admits that he only preaches for money and goods. The irony of his tale has to do with the fact that he promotes an idea or moral, which his very own livelihood contradicts. In the Pardoner’s tale, three men had pledged to defend each other in their quest to kill Death.
People often cannot feel confident in who they are unless they know their past. In the novel Keeper’ N Me Richard Wagamese develops Garnet Raven as a young indigenous man taken away from him his family as a child, which in turn causes him to struggle through life feeling uncertain of who he is and longing for a sense of belonging. Initially, Garnet tries to conceal his true identity as an “Indiyun” because his people have been portrayed as alcoholics and unproductive people throughout his life. Due to this concealment he feels a part of him is missing inside and is determined to fit in somewhere. It is not until Garnet receives a letter in prison from his brother Stanley that he realises in order to fill this lonely pit inside him that
Gutman is another character whose downfall was met at the hands of greed. His pursuit of the falcon could be viewed as an obsession; he has dedicated seventeen years to his quest in order to obtain the Falcon. He tells Cairo “For seventeen years I have wanted that little item and have been trying to get it. If I must spend another year on the quest—well, sir--that will be an additional expenditure in time of only”—his lips moved silently as he calculated--“five and fifteen-seventeenths per cent” (Hammet 203). Even after searching seventeen years and receiving a fake his dedication to obtaining this item because of its immense value is unwavering.
In The Crucible Author Miller, displayed many heroic characters not only for what they did for themselves, but for what they also did for other characters in the story. John Proctor stood out amongst the rest of the character in the story. First reason when all the accusing was at the end John found out that it was all a lie and that Mary Warren was lying too." You're coming to the court with me Mary, You tell it in the court." (Miller 80).
Bayard Sartoris, a young man whose childhood was plagued by the atrocities of the Civil War, shapes his morals as time progresses. In the earlier stories, such as “Ambuscade”, Bayard is on the verge of becoming a man yet still acts quite childish. Upon reaching the final story, An “Odor in Verbena”, he is a different person than before. In The Unvanquished, Bayard Sartoris’s defining moment is when he bravely chooses to confront Redmond unarmed, showing that he has learned much about honor and courage from his father and matured as a person. When Bayard learns of his father’s passing, he is presented with a choice.
Abner, Sartoris’ father, is accurately portrayed as an unemotional, yet vindictive character. Abner’s character adds a theme of vengeance through the story. In the very begging of the story, he exacts his revenge upon Mr. Harris by burning down his barn. This occurred after forewarned Abner allowed his hog to get into Mr. Harris’ corn field for the third time “The hog got into my corn…a nigger came with a dollar and go the hog…’’ (Anyone 888). This quotation shows how Abner invoked his vengeance upon his victims with sheer cunning.
Despite the harsh backlash of the townsfolk, her father, Atticus, became chosen to represent him in court. Meanwhile, The Chosen, tells about a Jewish boy, Reuven, and although their different religions, befriended another boy his age called Danny. Reuven’s father, David Malter played a large role in his son’s life, and taught him many things. Overall, the characters in both books represent many Christ-like qualities, however three people who stand out the most are Scout, David Malter, and Atticus. Similar to Christ, Scout portrays outstanding characteristics because she treated everyone the same.
The reason I chose to analyze the character development of Don Damien, in the story ‘The Beautiful Soul of Don Damien’ is because of the other characters contrasting views about Don Damien, and also the peculiar way the character development is brought about by Juan Bosh. As aforementioned, the story is dictated from the soul’s point of view, using it’s ability to sense all the other characters thoughts and emotions. The soul’s discovery of how it is perceived by it’s